PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

  • Wood flooring is a natural product that will be greatly affected by the environment. It is important to know that as humidity levels change throughout the year, your flooring will have a tendency to expand and contract. In order to keep your wood flooring always looking its best, we recommend that you try and keep your humidity levels between 35-65% year round. Some suggestions on how to do that:
    • Heating Season (Dry)-In the drier months, a humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to add to the dry conditions.
    • Non-Heating Season (Humid, Wet)-In the summer time, an air-conditioner, dehumidifier, or turning on your heating unit periodically can reduce humidity levels. In the wetter months, avoid excessive exposure to water and make sure all expansion areas around the perimeter of the floor are not blocked.
  • Vacuum your floor regularly as you would carpet. Do not use a vacuum with any type of rotating brush; a brush attachment works perfectly. In addition, sweep your floor with a broom or a dry dust mop on an as needed basis.
  • Water can be very damaging to your floor; therefore food or liquid spills should be removed in a timely manner. If a cleaner is needed for difficult spots, use a damp sponge. Do not use any abrasive type of sponge or cleaner. For general cleaning of soiled areas, dip or spray a clean cloth with Hard Surface Cleaner. The cloth should be slightly moistened, not wet. As you clean the floor, follow by wiping the floor dry.
  • Never wet mop your floor with water and /or products like Oil Soap. Never use a steam mop to clean your floor. Water is your floors worst enemy. Water can cause wood to expand and may damage the floor. Adding an Oil Soap to the mop has a similar effect as with other waxes and cleaning agents. They can leave residue on your flooring surface and they can soften and dull the flooring finish.
  • Use mats at all exterior doors to help reduce sand and grit from getting onto the floor. Gritty sand on the bottom of shoes will act like sandpaper and can damage any finish.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repair. Any spike high heel shoe that has lost the protective cap can exert over 1000 pounds per square inch of pressure which can damage your floor.
  • Wood is a natural material and will change color due to exposure to natural and artificial UV light. Any area rugs should be moved from time to time, to allow the flooring to naturally change color when exposed to the light.
  • Your floor already has the best finish available on the market today. There is no need to put any type of wax on the floor. Do not use any ammonia, wax or oil based cleaners.
  • NOTE: Spray mist only as necessary. Do not apply moisture unnecessarily, vacuum instead. Ammonia will damage or dull many surface finishes and should not be used to clean your solid wood floor. Too much moisture will damage your floor and void the warranty.