Hardwood Flooring Maintenance & Care
Regardless of the method of installation, hardwood floors should be dusted regularly to keep out dirt and other abrasives and kept warm and shiny with a damp mop to make your floors stand out. Our experts can help you choose the right species of hardwood for your particular living area, traffic level and desired wear resistance. As hardwood floors are available in a variety of finishes and coating types, we recommend working with your installer to determine the best plank flooring maintenance and cleaning methods applicable to the type of finish they are applying.
1.Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
2.For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, or tar, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
3.Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent the accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
4.Clean the floor regularly with a wax-free cleaning product manufactured specifically for the care of pre-finished hardwood floors.
5.Do not wash or wet mop floors with soap, water, oil soap cleaners or any other liquid cleaning materials. This may cause swelling, warping, delamination and separation of joint lines and will void the warranty.
6.Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners or strong ammoniated or chlorinated cleaners.
7.Do not use any type of polisher or buffing machine.
8.For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the floor. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
9.For stubborn stains you may need to use a heavy duty stain remover made for hardwood floors.