No floor covering can last a long time without proper maintenance. This is even true of wood floors. Let’s face it, no other surface in the home takes as much abuse as your floors. There’s the kids, pets, dirt and gravity (just to name a few) all working against your wood floors. So maintaining the finish of a wood floor not only makes them continue to look beautiful, but protects your investment.
It all starts with cleaning. We can provide the proper cleaning and maintenance products to care for you floor. It really takes no more time or effort than any other floor coverings.
It’s as simple as:
- Vacuum or sweep weekly (or as needed) to keep grit off the finish.
- Use the recommended floor cleaner as needed (a damp cloth also works great).
- Use area rugs at entryways and high traffic areas to protect the wood.
- Keep pets nails trimmed and keep the wood floor protected from food and water bowls.
- Use self-adhesive felt pads under all furnishings.
Some things to avoid:
- Wet mopping or very wet cloth cleaning. NEVER WET MOP A WOOD FLOOR!
- Steam cleaners. Steam cleaners can force moisture through the finish and damage the wood and cause finish failures.
- Cleaners or polishes that are not from or recommended by your finish manufacturer. Many times these have waxes or oils that can make future coats of finish fail.
- Vinegar and water cleaners. This is an easy and cheap cleaner you can make at home, however we recommend not using this. Vinegar is a mild acid and the tendency is – if a little is good a lot has got to be better. This can damage the finish over time. This cleaning method often introduces more water to the wood surface than is needed.
Of course, eventually your floors may need a bit more maintenance than simply cleaning can provide. We can easily recoat your existing floors to bring them back to looking like new again.
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How do I maintain my wood floor?
With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.
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There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- 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. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
- When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
Can a wood floor be damp-mopped?
Never damp mop a waxed floor. When cleaning a surface-finished floor, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. You may generally use a dampened (near dry) mop to maintain a wood floor, however excessive moisture will cause damage. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discoloring residue. If water spills on a wood floor, wipe it up with a clean cloth.</p>
How can I prevent scratches on wood flooring?
Place mats and throw rugs at doorways to help protect wood floors from grit, dirt and sand. Place felt pads under furniture legs and vacuum/dust your wood floor regularly.
Once installed, how often must wood flooring be replaced?
Every hundred years or so. In fact, the heart pine floors in historic Bacon’s Castle in Virginia are more than three centuries old and counting. Simple care and maintenance keeps wood floors looking beautiful for a lifetime. Instead of laying an entirely new floor when the original is worn, wood floors can be rejuvenated with sanding and refinishing. When done by a wood flooring professional, wood floors need only to be refinished every 10 – 15 years or 10 – 12 times during a floor’s life. When a wood floor’s useful life is over, it’s completely biodegradable.
How are polyurethane or other surface finishes maintained?
Surface finishes like polyurethane require only simple care. Just dustmop, sweep, or vacuum regularly. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations if known. When cleaning no longer restores shine, recoat the floor with a surface finish. The frequency of recoating depends on the amount of traffic. Never wax a surface-finished floor. And never use vinyl or tile floor care products on any wood floor.