Hardwood Preventative Care and Maintenance Quick Tip Sheet

Hardwood flooring, unlike other types of floor coverings can be kept looking new, regardless of wear, with a minimum amount of effort. To protect against damage, just follow some basic, common sense guidelines. If your floor happens to get damaged, don’t panic. One of the benefits of wood flooring is that because it is a natural flooring material, it can be repaired and/or refinished to look just like new. Adhering to the following preventative care guidelines will lengthen the time between (and perhaps even eliminate the need for) major renovation or restoration such as recoating or refinishing.

Do: Place Protector pads on ALL furniture legs on wood floor
Do: Place walk off mats and area rugs in high traffic areas (make sure they stay dry and are cleaned underneath often)
Do: Perform routine maintenance as recommended by manufacturer, this should include sweeping, vacuuming (with a soft brush attachment) and/or dust mopping to remove dirt and grit. Keep this as a regularly scheduled event, and stick to it. Always perform this process before and after a major event that involves a high volume of traffic on the floor.
Do: Use the proper cleaning pad with the manufacturer recommended cleaning solution. The pad should be slightly damp and well rung out. Make sure ALWAYS to use a clean pad/cloth each time your start the cleaning process. These pads can be washed after excessive buildup.
Do: Keep high heel shoes in good repairs , as well as keeping your pets nails trimmed on a regular bases

Do Not’s
Do Not: Use wet mops
Do Not: Use Ammonia
Do Not: Use Vinegar and water
Do Not: Use dust cleaners(pledge)
Do Not: Track dirt, clean immediately
Do Not: Use other floor cleaning products
Do Not: Wax a urethane  finish- NEVER!

Protect Your Floor with Rugs and Mat
Place doormats at all entrances to prevent dirt and grit from being tracked on your floor. Make sure you keep doormats and rugs clean.
Use Mats under your rugs that are made to go over hardwood floors.

Use the Right Cleaning and Maintenance Products
Make sure you follow all product labels and follow manufacturers recommended cleaning products. Don’t allow water to stand on your floor. Sweep, dust-mop or vacuum your floor regularly, but do not use household dusting products, because they can cause your floor to become slick and may damage the finish.

Use Furniture Protectors
To avoid scratching and damaging the floor’s surface, place felt furniture pads or other protective pads such as gray rubber non-marking casters on chair and table legs and any other furniture surface that could possibly cause finish indentations. Be sure to keep the pads clean and free of grit and dirt. Don’t use ball-type casters or casters made of hard materials such as plastic or metal — these can damage your floor.

Watch Your Shoes
Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch (more PSI than on the paw of an elephant). An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.

Wood and Water Don’t Mix
Never allow water (or other liquids) to stand on a hardwood floor for any length of time. Also, don’t ever pour water on your floor—it can cause damage to the wood’s structure and to the finish.

Protect from Spills in the Kitchen
Place rugs or mats in areas that are prone to spills, such as in front of the sink, refrigerator and stove. Cotton mats are recommended because they’re easily cleanable. Mats with rubber backings can trap moisture on the floor and cause damage.

Move Area Rugs Regularly
When exposed to ultraviolet (sun) light, wood’s natural oxidizing properties can cause the color of your floor and finish to change, taking on an age-worn patina. To keep a consistent color across your floor, rotate area rugs on a regular basis and use window coverings to protect against sun exposure.

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