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Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. Not only does hardwood look classy and sophisticated, it can also increase your home’s value! We know that hardwood floors are quite the investment, so here are some do’s, don’ts, and general maintenance tips to help you protect that investment and enjoy your floors for years to come.
Daily: Sweep or Dust Mop
Weekly: Vacuum, using the hardwood, bare floor, or soft bristle attachment (Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head)
Monthly: Clean with recommended wood flooring cleaner (We recommend and stock Mohawk Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner).
- Wipe spills immediately with a slightly dampened white cloth.
- Use ice in a sealed plastic bag to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or credit card.
- Use protective window coverings to block UV rays and excessive heat to help minimize aging. Exposed hardwood will gradually age. Periodically rearranging furniture and rugs will help the floors to age evenly.
- Use Interior and Exterior doormats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent them from being tracked onto your floor.
- Protect high traffic areas with runners and rugs (with slip-resistant backings). Particularly in hallways, pivot points, and in front of kitchen sinks.
- Keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratches.
- Attach felt protectors to furniture legs. Change the felt often as dirt and debris can become imbedded and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
- Maintain your home’s relative humidity between 35% – 55% by using humidifiers and dehumidifiers as needed to minimize gaps and swelling in the wood.
- Allow liquids to stand on your floor for any length of time, wipe up spills immediately.
- Walk on your floor in cleats or high heels with an exposed heel nail.
- Slide heavy furniture. Pick it up or use a dolly.
- Use vinyl or tile cleaning products, oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, other household products containing lemon, citrus, tung oil, or silicon to clean wood floors.
- Use harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads, scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders.
Repairing Scratches, Removing Stains (from the National Wood Flooring Association)
|Scratches||Wax the affected area using a soft, clean cloth.||Repair with a touch-up kit for urethane finishes, available from any wood flooring retailer.|
|Dried milk or food stains||Gently rub with a damp cloth, then rub dry and wax.||Use a cleaner developed specifically for urethane finishes. For stubborn spots, scrub using a cleaner and a scrub pad made for urethane floors.|
|Water stains or white spots||Rub the spot with #000 steel wool and wax. If this fails, lightly sand with fine sandpaper and clean the area using #00 steel wool and mineral spirits, or a wood floor cleaner. Allow the floor to dry, then stain, wax, and hand buff.||Use a cleaner developed specifically for urethane finishes. For stubborn spots, scrub using a cleaner and a scrub pad made for urethane floors.|
|Heel scuffs||Rub in a small amount of wax with fine steel wool and hand buff to a shine.||Use a cleaner developed specifically for urethane finishes. For stubborn spots, scrub using a cleaner and a scrub pad made for urethane floors.|
|Mold or mildew||Rub with a wood cleaner using a soft, clean cloth.||Use a cleaner developed for urethane finishes. If the mold or mildew lies underneath the surface finish, sand and refinish the area.|
|Chewing gum, crayon, or candle wax||Apply a plastic bag filled with ice until the deposit is brittle enough to crumble off. (Solvent-based wax can also be applied to loosen the deposit.) Remove crayon or candle wax by placing an ink blotter on the wax and applying a hot pressing iron to the top of the blotter.||Apply a plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit until it is brittle enough to crumble off. Clean the area with a product made for urethane finishes.|
|Oil and grease stains||First rub area with kitchen soap having a high lye content or saturate cotton with hydrogen peroxide and place over the stain. Then saturate a second layer of cotton with ammonia and place over the first. Repeat until stain is removed. Let the area dry and then hand buff.|
|Dark spots and ink stains||Rub the spot with #000 steel wool and wax. If this fails, lightly sand with fine sandpaper and clean the area using #00 steel wool and mineral spirits or a wood floor cleaner. Allow the floor to dry, then stain, wax, and hand buff. If the spot remains, apply a household bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak for an hour. Rinse with a damp cloth, wipe dry and smooth with fine sandpaper. Stain, wax and hand buff.|
|Wax buildup||Strip the old wax away with odorless mineral spirits or a wood floor product made for stripping wax. Use cloth and fine steel wool to remove all residue. After the floor is dry, wax and buff.||Not applicable.|
|High heel shoe dents||Requires professional repair.||Requires professional repair.|
A very important factor in caring for your hardwood floor is having a professional installation!
The following are a few pictures from our very talented installers.
Please forgive the blurriness, they’re amazing installers, not professional photographers!
Like something you’ve seen here? Give us a call at (209)577-5642, or stop by and see us and our extensive hardwood collection at 200 Kiernan Ave, Ste A, Modesto, CA 95356.