Hardwood Flooring Maintenance
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Cleaning wood floors is easy. Regular maintenance includes keeping soil and other debris off the floors. Frequent sweeping prevents scratches. We recommend sweeping with a soft bristle broom or dusting with a dry microfiber mop.
Do not mop with water – instead use hardwood floor cleaners. These products are designed to not overly wet the wood and to not degrade the floor sealer.
If the floor has beveled edges, vacuum with the beater bar turned off to remove dust from between the floor boards. Clean the floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional. Find a professional in your area.
Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.
Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.
Recommended Maintenance Schedule
|Daily||Sweep or dust mop|
|Weekly||Vacuum using the bare floor setting|
|Monthly||Clean with recommended wood flooring cleaner|
|Every 3 – 5 Years||Maintenance coat|
|Every Few Decades||Sand and refinish|
To keep wood floors looking and performing well for generations, follow these guidelines. Individual maintenance schedules will vary depending on use, wear and tear, and lifestyle.
There are other steps that can help maintain the beauty of wood floors.
- Do not use vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from being tracked in and scratching the floor.
- Do not wet-mop or steam mop a wood floor. Water and steam can dull the finish and even damage the wood.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened cloth.
- Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
- Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become embedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with sports cleats and high heels in disrepair. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels with 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 to move it and to prevent scratches.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug at the kitchen sink.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps
Call a Flooring Professional
After a length of time, depending on traffic and soil brought in with shoes, hardwood floors will need maintenance. If you catch the floor when it first starts showing signs of scratches, you can apply a “Rejuvenate” product to bring the glossy back. However, once the sealer is worn off, ACE will need to sand or screen the top layer to remove the remaining sealer and to take out minor scratches. If the scratches are deep, ACE will use different levels of grit to try to remove the scratches. After preparing the floor, ACE will apply a sealer to protect it.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE
Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.
Wipe up spills and spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Invest in high quality floor mats and protective pads on heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your hardwood floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid walking on your hardwood floors with spiked or damage-heeled shoes.
Resist wet-mop, damp-mop, or cleaning your hardwood with water or other liquids.
Don’t use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, or other household products containing lemon, citrus, or tung oil, or silicon to clean floors.
Stay away from harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders.
Don’t use 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.