Basic Hardwood Floor Care
With the proper care your hardwood floors will last a lifetime.
- Wood is a natural product that lives in a comfort zone of 35%-55% relative humidity, and between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure the long life of your wood floor, the HVAC system should remain active at all times.
- Sweep or vacuum regularly, since built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of hardwood. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish.
- Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head.
- Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer.
- Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. This can severely damage the flooring.
- The use of manufacturer maintenance and floor-care products is highly recommended.
- Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, tung oil or ammonia.
- Keep pets nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil and stains.
- Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects.
- Make sure certain furniture casters and floor protectors are clean and operate properly (minimum of 1” continuous width is recommended).
- Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor.
Taking Care Of Humidity
Wood flooring can be very susceptible to expansion and contraction if the humidity in your home is not just right. The excessive dryness caused by central heating can cause shrinkage, just as excessive dampness can cause expansion. If needed use a humidifier and dehumidifier to keep humidity levels between 40% and 60% year round.
Install Floor Mats
Catching snow, slush, dirt, grit and gravel at the door is the best way to avoid damage. Try to keep the mats as clean and dry as possible and have them at every entrance.
Encourage family and visitors to remove wet snow gear as soon as they enter to avoid trekking snow, slush, salt and dirt all over the house.
Train Your Pets
Pets are the number one offender of tracking snow and slush into the house. Train your pets to patiently wait by the door while you dry their paws, and then reward them with a treat. Place a bowl of treats by the door as a reminder.
Clean Your Floors
Even by taking the best possible care for your hardwood flooring, you’re still going to find that it needs a little more care in the winter months. Mopping it a few times a week with a slightly damp mop will only take a few minutes but will ensure that your floor is clean
Check The Warranty
Some companies offer warranties, should snow or other harmful elements damage your hardwoods floors. Always check on product warranties before you purchase your hardwood floors.
For More Information
The information listed above is condensed from the following articles; check them out for more detailed hardwood flooring care information:
- Caring for Your Hardwood Floors This Winter at www.livingwithmyhome.com.
- Caring For Your Hardwood Floor in Winter at www.articlesbase.com.