26 Feb Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors
When we install a hardwood floor it is designed for optimal durability and ease of care — there’s very little you have to do to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment!
Here are our top tips to help preserve the beauty of your new hardwood flooring:
• It’s recommended that you keep the relative humidity of your home at the following levels, this will ensure a healthy environment for your wood floor.
Solid Hardwood – 35-55% humidity
Engineered Hardwood – 35-65% humidity
• Furniture legs and wheels can scratch and gouge your wood floor, use protective tabs under furniture legs such as chairs, sofas and tables. When moving heavy objects, for example a refrigerator, put a blanket or rug underneath and slide the object.
• Door mats or rugs at all entry points can significantly reduce the amount of dirt and moisture being tracked into the house onto your wood floor. Also place rugs or mats in areas where water is used such as sinks, tubs, dishwashers, etc.
• Sweep and vacuum your floor regularly then clean your floor with a quality hardwood floor care product available at our Flooring By Design Showroom. Never pour liquid cleaner directly on your floor.
• Do not wash your floor with a wet mop; use a mop with a cloth cover. Clean up all spills immediately.
• Never use wax, oil-based detergents or other domestic cleaners other than recommended products for wood floors. These products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film making your floor slippery and hard to clean.
Additional Tips To Help You Maintain Your Hardwood Floors:
– Sweep or vacuum regularly so abrasive dirt won’t scratch the finish.
– Wipe up any spilled liquid quickly from your floor.
– Watch out for high heels—they are hardwood flooring’s worst enemy after sand and water—and some kinds of sports footwear, particularly if they’re worn or damaged.
– Put mats outside and inside entrances. This will prevent the build-up of sand and dirt on the floor.
– Put mats in front of the kitchen sink, the dishwasher, and all kitchen work stations to protect your floor from dropped utensils and spills of water, detergent, and food.
– Avoid mats with rubber or other dense backing that prevents airflow and traps abrasive dirt and moisture.
– Attach felt pads to the feet of all furniture to make it easier to move and prevent scratches. Keep the pads clean and replace if damaged.
– Replace plastic casters with wide rubber or soft polyurethane casters.
– Protect the floor when moving furniture. Use a mat turned upside down with a slightly smaller piece of plywood on top of it. Place furniture on top and slide it.
– Maintain humidity levels, for your own health as well as for the protection of your floor and wooden furniture.
– Use a hygrometer [relative humidity indicator] to check moisture content in the air to ensure that relative humidity is within the recommended range.
– Avoid exposing your floor to sunlight and intense artificial light, which can cause wood to change colour. This is a completely normal and natural phenomenon. The lighter the wood, the more pronounced the change will be.
– Move your carpets and furniture occasionally and use a minimum number of light sources to keep colour changes uniform.
Things to avoid :
– Do not pour cleaner directly on the floor.
– Do not use a wet mop that can leave excess water behind.
– Never use floor wax, oil-based detergent, or any other household cleaner on your floor. These products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film that makes your floor slippery, difficult to maintain, and impossible to refinish without deep sanding and complete revarnishing.
– Do not raise or lower the temperature of a radiant heating system by more than 2.8°C [5°F] per day when turning the system on or off.