The character and elegance of a hardwood floor makes it a
favorite among homeowners. By following these maintenance tips you will enhance
its timeless, natural beauty.
Place walk off mats 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 made especially for
hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly.
Sweeping your floor regularly will pick up grains of dirt 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.
Cleaning techniques vary depending on the finish of your
hardwood floor. Manufacturers recommend specific products for your convenience.
Floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that
don't leave film or residue. A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing
occasional scuffs or heel marks.
Merely rub some cleaner into the stain lightly with a cloth.
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 will affect the ability to recoat your floor
Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never 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.
Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future, the replacement
product may be a slightly different dyelot and/or texture than the initial
installation. However, with time and usage your repair will blend in with