It’s a great day here at Ray’s Flooring Studio!
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.
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.