Care & Maintenance
Once installed, your hardwood floor will look beautiful, but time and traffic, stains and spills, will take their toll.
Buy a good-quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt, dust, and other particles. A vacuum cleaner without a beater bar can be helpful in between planks and other hard-to-reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.
All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process. Window treatments are recommended, as well as rotating area rugs and furniture regularly to allow floors to age evenly from UV exposure.
A hardwood floor of beauty and pride can be yours today and tomorrow if you know how to care for it right from the start, clean it regularly, and schedule professional maintenance when that is called for.
CARE OF STANDARD HARDWOOD FLOORS
A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge, but do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will also affect the ability to recoat your floor later.
Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter. Work to minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.