How To Clean Your Hardwood Floor
Maintaining your hardwood floor requires know-how.
Once installed your hardwood floor will look beautiful, but time and traffic, stains
and spills, will take their toll.
So, you need a short course on taking care of your floor, and for that you’ve
come to the right place.
We want you to know all about hardwood maintenance because the more you know the
better able you’ll be to keep your floor looking new.
Wood is a natural, beautiful and timeless design element.
Consistent and correct maintenance will insure it remains that way.
Entrances are your first line of defense.
Place walk off mats or area rugs at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that
might be tracked in.
These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor.
Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can
damage your floor. Instead use mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors
and remember to shake them out regularly.
In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be
splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.
Invest in these tools.
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.
Keep in mind these cleaning tips.
Cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood
For “Finish in Place” hardwood floors, we recommend using an 8”x14”
terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets
and along base boards an easy task.
Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by us to safely remove
tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.
Manufacturers of “Pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own
specific products designed for their floors routine maintenance.
Be sure to check with us as well about these cleaners.
All floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that
won’t leave a film or residue.
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.
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.
Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level
changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon
as they happen.
Know this about deep cleaning.
If your floor is showing excessive wear beyond normal cleaning you may want to consider
screening and recoating.
Screening is the process used to abrade the polyurethane finish that is currently
on the floor. Then, fresh coats of urethane are applied. Screening and recoating
will rejuvenate and prolong the life of your hardwood floor.
If the damage to the floor is severe and has gone through the stain of the boards
down to the bare wood, you can sand and refinish.
This should only be done if a screening and recoating does not solve the problem.
This is an extensive process where the floor is sanded down to the bare wood, restained
and then refinished.
If the damage is only in a small area you may want to see if replacement boards
are available to alleviate having to refinish an entire area.
Be sure to hire an experienced professional when having any work done on your hardwood
Finally, protect against time, sun and traffic.
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.
Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.
Take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.
Stiletto heels can cause dents and scratches that are not covered by your warranty.
Love your pet but regularly trim their nails or claws to avoid scratches on the
hardwood floor. The point here is to be cautious of sharp objects that may scratch
or damage the floor.
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 on a regular basis and schedule
professional maintenance when that is called for.