- DON’T wet-mop the floor. This could cause swelling, warping, de-lamination and joint-line separation and void the warranty. Also avoid any type of buffing machine.
- Care for hard-surface floors by vacuuming, dust-mopping or sweeping them often. Normal foot traffic and soiling will modify the flooring’s appearance over time, but this will keep your floor looking like new while reducing abrasive materials that can damage it. Use a hard-surface vacuum, not one with a beater bar meant for carpet.
- Use area rugs wherever possible. Beyond being an attractive and comfortable decorative accent, they provide a buffer from heavy foot traffic and soiling. Use a non-slip rug pad, which you can purchase at Great Western Flooring or your local home-improvement store. You should also rearrange rugs often to disburse light.
Try products such as BonaKemi’s Hardwood Floor Spray Cleaner and Woodwise Hardwood Floor Cleaner for daily clean-up of your hardwood floors; you can purchase these products from us or local home-improvement stores. Also use minimal water when cleaning floors and ensure the area is dry after washing. DON’T use silicon, wax, citrus, oil or soap-based products. Also stay away from vinegar and water. These products may prevent future coats of finish from being applied.
Try to keep all standing water from contacting hardwood floors. Moisture can damage wood flooring, so it’s important not to over-clean your floor. Dry-mop dust off of your floor and then follow with a slightly damp microfiber or cloth mop.
Use a humidifier or other means of humidity control. This will help reduce the expansion and contraction that occurs when the weather changes. Ideally, keeping humidity levels at 40%–60% all year will minimize expansion and contraction. However, for hardwood flooring in the Midwest, where it’s vulnerable to expansion and contraction, the realistic range is 27% in the winter and 75% in the summer.
Never wear stiletto heels on hardwood floors. A 123-lb., 5’5” woman in stiletto heels can exert more than 2,000 lbs. per square inch of pressure when walking. This can easily dent both wood and vinyl floors and even chip ceramic tile.
If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed so they don’t scratch your hardwood floor.