The following provided information should be used as a guide in preventative maintenance for such floor types as hardwood and laminate.
- Keep grit off the floor. Use dirt-trapping, walk-off mats at all exterior doors to help prevent dirt, grit, and sand from getting inside. Throwing rugs or small sections of carpet just inside of entrances is also recommended. Dirt and grit are any flooring’s worst enemy and that includes carpets and vinyl as well as hardwoods. Keep doormats clean.
- In kitchens, use area rugs at high spill locations and at work stations -stove,
- sink, refrigerator. Cotton is generally the best fabric since it is easily washed. Mats with a smooth backing, i.e. rubber or vinyl may trap water beneath.
- Finishes and certain chemicals in wood oxidize are affected by ultra violet light sources causing the wood and finish to change color and develop a patina or age. To avoid uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape or shade large windows.
- Put fabric glides on the legs of your furniture; they allow furniture to be moved easily without scuffing the floor. Clean the glides regularly since grit can become embedded in them. Some furniture may require barrel type roller casters as ball type casters may cause damage. Grey, non-marking rubber casters are the best. Avoid casters made of hard materials like metals or hard plastics.
- Vacuum regularly, as often as you vacuum carpets; a brush attachment works beautifully. Sweep or use a dust mop daily or as needed, but do not use a household dust treatment as this may cause your floor to become slick, dull the finish or interfere with re-coating.
- Wipe up food and other-spills promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel. Use a slightly moistened cloth for sticky spills if necessary. Then wipe the floor dry with another cloth or paper towel.
- Keep heels on shoes in good repair, especially high heels. Heels that have their protective cap missing or worn away exposing the steel support rod will dent and floor surface, even concrete.
- In damp conditions, proper humidity levels should be maintained with an air conditioner or de-humidifier. Excessive humidity may cause wood to expand which leads to the buckling of your floor.
By observing these simple suggestions you’ll go a long way toward keeping your hardwood floors beautiful and making their care easier.