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Maintenance and Care
For interiors with solid hardwood flooring, maintain indoor humidity level between 45-55% all year round wood floor dimensions will be slightly affected by varying levels of humidity within your home, so it’s important to control humidity levels within the 45-55% range.
To protect your investment, follow these recommendations.
Dry Season: A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage in hardwood floors due to low-humidity levels.
Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
Humid (or Wet) Season: Proper humidity levels can be maintained by using an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or by turning on your heating system periodically during the summer months.
Use area rugs in heavily traveled areas, especially if you have a large family. Place rugs at all entrances, as well as by the kitchen sink and dishwasher. Avoid exposing your floors to direct sunlight. Exposure to sunlight can slightly change the shade of your floors. Periodically rearrange rugs and furniture to avoid discoloration from occurring.
Never use a wet mop or water to clean your hardwood floors as this can dull the finish, permanently damage your floor. Don’t use: ammonia-based cleaners, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials like vinegar. Never use wax on a surface finish such as polyurethane. It not only makes the floor far too slippery, it also interferes with subsequent finishes. Watch the hairspray and the furniture polish. Both of them can cloud your floor’s finish. Wipe them up immediately with a damp cloth. Remove spills promptly using soft cloth. Never allow water (or other liquids) to stand on a hardwood floor for any length of time. Also, don't ever pour water on your floor – it can cause damage to the wood's structure and to the finish.
To reduce scratches and dents, attach adequate floor protection (such as felt pads) to the feet of all furniture items before placing them on hardwood floors. When moving heavy furniture, place a blanket or a scrap of carpet face down, under each leg; slide furniture carefully. Or better yet, carry furniture whenever possible.
Keep shoes in good repair. If they lose their protective caps, they will dent the surface. Avoid high-heel shoes. Keep pet nails trimmed, paws clean and free of dirt. We all love our dogs, but a 100 lb dog flying around the house digging his long nails into the floor will certainly damage your new floors!
Regularly sweep or vacuum floors to prevent dirt and dust from scratching the finish. Use only brush of felt type vacuum head. Be certain that the wheels of the vacuum do not damage the finish.
We recommend Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner for all your hardwood floor cleaning needs!