The maintenance is the key to lasting beauty of your wood flooring. However, cleaning the wood floor is no more effort than vacuuming carpet or mopping vinyl. And wood floors don’t need to be shampooed periodically.
For the first two weeks floor is still curing, so: Be gentle when moving back furniture. Install proper felt protectors under ALL furniture. Wait with replacing area rugs. Avoid using water or any cleaner during this period. Avoid heavy traffic.
Long term maintenance of your floors:
According to Oak Flooring Institute, “a good rule of thumb is to vacuum or dust weekly.” After vacuuming or dusting, use recommended flooring cleaner for spills and general cleanup on floors which have non-waxed polyurethane or Swedish finish.
Basic things you should know about your wood floor
- The fastest way to damage the finish is walking on dirty floor. The floor must be dust mopped daily, swept with a soft bristle broom or vacuumed.
- Place walk off carpets on all entrances. This will help tremendously in capturing the dirt before it would reach the hardwood.
- On the bottom of the furniture there should be protector pads.
- In the kitchen to prevent premature wear of the floor place a rug in front of the stove area and sink.
- A relative humidity of 35-50% is ideal to maintain the moisture in the wood and minimize cracks.
- Use only recommended cleaning products.
- Spills must be immediately swiped gently with a soft cloth.
- Know the type of finish on the wood floor to use proper cleaning products.
- If the floor dulls do not over wax, try buffing instead.
- Put plastic or some sort of protection under the legs of any furniture to prevent denting.
- High heels and sport shoes can easily make dents into the wood floor.
- Make sure you have a soft cloth underneath when moving furniture across the room.
- Do not use a wet mop on a wood floor. Standing water can damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter to minimize gaps or cracks.
- Do not over-wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Do not use wax, oil soap, or other household cleaners.
- When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring and, if not possible, protect wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth or blanket under the legs.
- Place mats and throw rugs at doorways, exteriors and interiors to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.
- Use recommended flooring cleaner.
- Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a dry or slightly dampened towel (wipe dry).
- Keep high heels in good repairs. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor.
- Put felt or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently.
- Finally, urethane finishes eventually will show wear patterns from surface scratching.
When high traffic area begin to look dull it is time to recoat or restore the finish. Call our company for free evaluation of condition of your floor.
The recommendations made here are not intended to endorse specific products or brands but to serve as general guidelines in the selection and use of floor maintenance materials. Except for any directions on using water on wood, wherever our guidelines vary from a product’s label instructions, always follow the label.
What type of floors?
What type of floor is best?
It depends on the room you want to install the floor. Is the room “busy” with a lot of traffic? Then, Maple would be better since is harder than Oak. Usually you would want to check the Janka Hardness Scale which gives you the hardness of the wood. Also the type of finish and number of coats play an important role and can have an impact on how well your floor would maintain in high traffic areas.
What color will work with my room?
Usually darker colors make the room look smaller and show traffic patterns quicker. Natural and lighter colors (maple and oak being the most popular) give an open, airy feeling making the room appear larger.The floor should always balance the furnishings and accessories that are present in the space giving the room a unique personality.
What about bathrooms?
Due to the constant moisture the bathroom is the worst place to install a wood floor. However, if you decide to install it in your bathroom make sure you have plenty of carpets and wipe up the water all the time.
How about living rooms?
Darker colors in combination with carpets works best for the living room. However, keep in mind that the darker the color the smaller the space would appear.
If you still do not know which type of floor you need please contact us via phone or contact form. Thank you for your interest!