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Hardwood Floor Cleaning & Maintenance
We hope you will enjoy your hardwood floors for many years to come. Please take a moment to read the below information on floor care and maintenance. If you have any questions about finish curing or floor care please call us.
The new finish needs time to fully harden or "Cure"
A floor's finish is susceptible to scuffing and scratching until it is fully cured. Yet, your floor can typically be walked on with stocking feet in just 4 hours. Furniture can be placed back on the floor (not dragged) in 72 hours. Area rugs can be put down after one week - when the finish is fully cured. Maintenance depends on the amount of traffic you have in your home. It is a business or you have children and pets, or it is a you will want to clean more regularly. We recommend dusting your floors with a dust mop, or broom daily, or every other day. You should also clean your floors regularly with a waterborne, non-toxic formula specifically formulated for hardwood floors.
With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product.
As your floors age.....
Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely normal. As your floor ages, some color change can occur. This also is normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Cracks are normal as well, and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity. Generally, anything less than the width of a dime is considered normal, and will correct itself as seasons change. Flooring inspectors recommend inspecting the floor from a standing position in normal lighting to identify irregularities.
Maintain fluctuations in home relative humidity to 10 to 20 percent. Use a cleaning product recommended for your floors and use it regularly to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
Please visit our hardwood floor cleaning page for step by step cleaning instructions.
Finally, keep your wood floors looking their best by properly maintaining them. This includes having your floors recoated every four years ( depending on foot traffic). This process removes superficial wear to the top coat of finish by lightly screening the floors (not sanding) and applying a protectave top coat of finish. This preventative measure will save you or your client's money in the long run, and keep your the floors looking new.
For more information please visit our re-coating web page
*All the above information was provided by the National Wood Flooring Association. A national association of which we have been a member for over 10 years.