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Care & Maintenance of Hardwood

Care & Maintenance of Hardwood

Protect the Natural Beauty of Your Hardwood Flooring
A few simple maintenance steps will help protect your investment and keep your hardwood flooring looking like new.
For Cleaning, Make Sure You…

  • Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor. We recommend using Mannington Cleaner & Stripper to remove any potential tough spots.
  • Sweep or dust mop the floor regularly to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Occasionally wipe the floors with a damp mop or cloth.
  • Periodically clean the floor with a hard surfaces flooring cleaner such as BONA Hardwood Spray Cleaner.
While Cleaning is Easy, There are a Few Things to Avoid:
  • Do not use oil based cleaners, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
  • Do not use steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Do not use steam mops.
  • Do not wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation and void the warranty.
  • Do not use any type of buffing machine.
Use Protective Mats
Good quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that can otherwise be tracked onto your flooring. Do not use rubber-backed or foam-backed plastic mats as they may discolor the flooring. To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
Use Floor Protectors on Furniture
Use floor protectors and wide-load-bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector should be.
Maintain Relative Humidity Level
Maintain relative humidity levels between 40-55% year round in your home, crawlspace, and basement to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
  • Heating Season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
  • Non Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating system can maintain humidity during the summer months. Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.

Avoid Sharp Objects

While you hardwood floor is resistant, sharp or pointed objects can damage if nonetheless.
Watch Your Feet
Don’t walk on your flooring with stiletto-style heels, spiked golf shoes, or cleats as they may cause indentations in your flooring.
Watch Your Pet’s Feet
Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to keep them from scratching your flooring.
Rearrange Your Rugs and Furniture

UV sunlight will soften the tone of different species of hardwood to varying degrees, contributing to the need to expose the wood to light evenly. Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow this to happen.
Protect the Floor When Moving

Use a dolly when moving heavy furniture or appliances. But first, put down a sheet of quarter-inch plywood or Masonite to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across the floor.