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Hardwood Floor Care
Wood is a beautifully natural flooring choice and very easy to care for. With proper care and maintenance your floor will last the test of time. Should your floor show signs of wear or slight scratches, you have several options to revive your investment. The most common technique is called a “Screen & Coat.”. An experienced flooring refinisher can lightly abrade your floor, smoothing out slight wear, and refinish with several new coats of sealer to protect your floor. If your floor appears to need more than just surface attention, your experienced refinisher can fully sand and coat your floor and even add a new stain if your color preference has changed. Please refer to NWFA for all refinishing and sanding guidelines.
Hardwood floors are an investment in the beauty and value of your home. To ensure the full flooring warranty coverage and to extend the beauty of flooring over years of service, the following preventative maintenance procedures for hardwood flooring is required:
- To prevent excess dirt and grit from coming in contact with your floors, use entry mats or rugs at all exterior doors. Throw rugs are also recommended on the inside of those doors. High traffic or potential spill areas in kitchens should also employ this tactic.
- Many wood species are photosensitive to direct or indirect U.V. light. Over time, your floor may show signs of a slight change in appearance; move area rugs and furniture occasionally and shade or curtain large exposed windows to minimize this effect.
- Clean floors often using a broom first, followed by a static floor cloth mop, a terry cloth type hardwood floor mop, or a clean sponge mop. Sand, dirt or any abrasive material must first be swept from the floor. "Beater bars" on vacuum cleaners will cause severe damage to wood floor finishes. Do not use mechanical equipment to clean a hardwood floor. Never wet mop a hardwood floor.
- Please use felt floor protectors wherever possible. This will allow your furniture to be moved while minimizing the opportunity for surface scratching. Clean or replace your protectors often, as dirt or grit can be embedded in them. Ball type casters are not recommended, as they may dent your floor. Avoid any floor protectors that are plastic.
- Be aware of marking soled shoes. Marks from marking soled shoes can be removed by using mineral spirits and a soft cloth or towel. Also, avoid stiletto style heels or shoes in need of repair. A person weighing 125 lbs and concentrating their weight on a 1/4" spot can exert 2000 lbs of pressure. Narrow or damaged heels will concentrate weight and cause damage to the floor.
- We recommend purchasing cleaning products designed specifically for wood floors that are not acetone or solvent based. These can be purchased through your flooring installer or directly from your flooring distributor. Using a vinegar and water dilution is not recommended.
- Never use any kind of over the counter oil, oil-soap, or solvent-based products to clean or maintain your floor. They will, with repeated use, erode the protective finish and dull the luster in your floor.
- To maintain the gloss and the smooth appearance of any hardwood floor, it may be necessary to periodically recoat the floor. Your ability to maintain the floor using the above procedures will directly affect the longevity of the original finish. Floors that have been damaged from years of wear and tear or neglect can be restored to their original beauty by sanding, staining and refinishing. For best results, we recommend that a professional wood flooring refinisher do this.
Bamboo Floor Care
Remove loose dirt and grit with a dust mop, broom or vacuum cleaner. Wipe up food spills and liquids with a dry cloth or paper towels. Use a moist cloth to clean up footprints, dirt and sticky residue, such as jelly. For general cleaning, combine ¼ cup of white vinegar and 1 quart of warm water. Dip a clean cloth, sponge or mop into the solution and wring nearly dry. Clean the floor with the mop and wipe dry with a towel as you go.
In areas that experience more traffic and dirt, such as hallways and entryways, consider using mats or rugs. Fit furniture feet with felt tips; rolling furniture should be fitted with soft rubber casters.
Cork Floor Care
Cork is a very low-maintenance flooring option. For best results, vacuum, sweep or dry mop weekly. Damp mop monthly with minimal water. If more stubborn soiling occurs, use a manufacturer-approved, pH-balanced detergent or mild soap in clean up.
- Avoid harsh cleaners, abrasives, and oil- and ammonia-based products, as they may damage your floor and could void your warranty.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Though cork is highly water-resistant, repeated abuse can damage your floor.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Over time, this could fade and discolor your cork floor (or any other natural flooring product)
Laminate Floor Care
Vacuum, dry mop or sweep regularly to keep your laminate floor clean and grit-free. Avoid wet mopping and the use of soap and abrasive cleaners. Instead, use only cleaning agents that have been developed for laminate floors. The use of some kinds of cleaners may damage your floor and void your warranty.
- Place rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to collect soil and prevent wear.
- Place pads underneath furniture to prevent scratching and gouging.
- Never drag furniture across a laminate floor. Always lift furniture to move it, or put a thick pad or folded blanket underneath and slide it.
- Clean up liquid spills as soon as they occur. Standing liquid may seep into flooring joints and cause damage, weakening and/or delamination.
- In areas of high humidity, you may consider installing a dehumidifier. This may help prevent buckling and gaps due to excessive expansion and contraction.
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- About Cork Floors
- About Laminate Floors
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