Wood Floor Care Tips
Our customers are always asking us, “How do we care for our new hardwood flooring?” Here are some good tips to use:
Wood Floor Surface Finishing:
Surface finishes are very popular because they are durable, water-resistant, and requires minimal maintenance. These finishes most often are referred to as urethanes or polyurethanes, and mean on the surface of the wood to form a protective coating. They genreally are available in gloss, satin, and matte finishes.
To determine of your floor has a surface finish, check the original installer or refinish records. If those are not available scratch the floor gently with a coin in an inconspicuous area behind a door or in a corner. If the finish flakes, it likely is surface finished floor. Another test you can try is to apply two drops of water in an inconspicuous area. If white spots do not appear within 10 minutes, your floor likely has a surface finish and should be maintained accordingly.
Dealing Spills & Stains on Your Wood Floor
Wipe up spills immediately. Use a slightly dampened cloth and follow with the manufacturer’s or a generic hardwood cleaning product.
For stubborn stains, lightly dampen a cloth with the manufacturer’s or generic hardwood cleaning product, and gently rub the stain. Repeat as often as necessary until the stain is removed.
Damaged Wood Floor Finish
When the floor begins to loose its luster, you should contact a professional to refinish your floor and restore it to its original beauty.
Dos and Don’ts of Hardwood Floor Cleaning & Maintenance
DO Use these methods to maintain your hardwood floor
- Do – use a dust mop/ broom/ or vacuum daily for cleaning hardwood floors
- Do – use a dry cloth for spills or damp cloth for sticky spills
- Do – periodically use Floor Care kit or cleaners that are safe for water based urethane finishes
- Do – use non-slip rugs or mats at sinks and entrance ways (rug pads should be non-solvent based, waffle-type rubber)
- Do – use felt protection on furniture legs
DON’T Use these methods to clean your hardwood floors
- Don’t – use oil base, wax, polish, or strong abrasive cleaners
- Don’t – use steel wool or scouring powder
- Don’t – wash or wet mop with soap, water, oil-soap, or any liquid that can harm the floor
- Don’t – use steam cleaners