How To and Do’s and Don’ts

  • Sweep wood floors often with a soft, fine bristle broom.
  • Vacuum once or twice a week to remove dirt and sand. Use a soft brush attachment to minimize scratching.
  • Since water is one of a wood floors worst enemies, get rid of water right away. Remove wet spills ASAP with soft towels or a wet/dry vacuum, then dry thoroughly.
  • Use a 8”x14” terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards an easy task.
  • Make sure the mop is lightly damp so it won’t leave marks or excess water behind.
  • Avoid oil soaps. They can build up and create problems when it’s time to put a maintenance coat on the floor. Instead, neutral pH cleaners made specifically for wood floors are recommended.
  • Hairline cracks in the floor? Don’t panic and attempt to fill them. Dry heat during the winter months causes wood floors to shrink and crack. Moisture will also affect it by expanding and swelling leading to cracking.
  • Never drag furniture or other objects across a wood floor. Instead use furniture pads underneath the piece to aid sliding it across the floor.
  • If possible, do not wear heavy shoes or high heels on hardwood floors, as some heels can cause dents.

Tips

  • Use area rugs in high traffic areas. If you aim to protect your wood floor with a rug, be cautious. Rug dyes have been known to stain floors, and plastic backings may affect the wood finish. Ask the carpet store to recommend an under pad as a safeguard.
  • Always remove spills promptly. While small drips of water may not harm the floor, be sure not to let excess amounts of water sit on the floor.
  • Find out cleaning and care requirements for your specific floor from the manufacturer.
  • Use furniture pads to place under table and chair legs and on the feet of dressers and armoires. They can be purchased at a local hardware store or home center.
  • Don’t use oils, waxes or furniture sprays. Oil leaves a residue, furniture spray creates a slippery surface and wax takes time to apply and makes re-coating difficult. (this may void your warranty)