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HARDWOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE:
The key to enjoying beautiful hardwood flooring is proper maintenance. Proper maintenance is necessary for all hardwood flooring regardless if the product was prefinished at the factory or finished at the installation site. The no-maintenance hardwood floor does not exist. The maintenance procedures may vary with the type of finish or wax used on the hardwood floors.
Preventive maintenance is the most important requirement for the long-term performance and natural beauty of your hardwood floors. The following outlines the key preventative maintenance points:
1. Use protective walk off mats at the exterior doors to help prevent sand and grit from walking onto the floor. Gritty sand is flooring’s worst enemy.
2. Install proper floor protectors on furniture (felt pads) used on hardwood floors. Protectors will allow chairs to move easily over the floor without scuffing. Clean the protectors on a regular basis to remove any grit that may have become imbedded in the protector.
3. Vacuum regularly. When the household carpets are vacuumed, vacuum the hardwood floor with a brush attachment. Sweep on a daily basis or as necessary.
4. Never wet mop a hardwood floor. Excessive water causes wood to expand possibly damaging the flooring. The proper procedure is to use a well wrung out cloth or a Wood Floor Cleaning Kit. Food and liquid spills should be cleaned up in a timely manner.
5. We recommend a recommend using the Bona Wood Floor Cleaner (Not Polish) for the maintenance of your wood floors.
6. Never use any cleaning products containing wax or silicone, i.e. Murphy’s oil soap, Endust, Mop and Glow, etc., These products can dull the finish and prevent the polyurethane from adhering with future coatings. When dusting avoid overspray when polishing your furniture. Always apply the furniture polish to the dusting cloth and avoid contact with flooring. Remember the furniture polishes contain wax.
7. Keep high heel shoes in good repair. Heels that have lost their protective cap thus exposing the fastening nail will exert over 8,000 pounds per square inch of pressure in a floor! That’s high enough to damage hardened concrete.
8. Consider a buffing and re-coating every 3-5 years as a maintenance in heavily used rooms such as your kitchen. This process is a surface treatment and is best to use on your floors when there are fine scratches and light dirt on your floors. This process will give renewed beauty to your floors and will extend the life of your floors before a full sanding is needed.
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