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Homeowner Resources: Hardwood


Care and Cleaning for Your Hardwood Floor
Hardwood flooring will add warmth and beauty to your home for many years to come. In fact, many of our hardwood styles come with advanced finishes that provide superior wear; easy, no-wax care; plus excellent resistance to staining from all common household products such as coffee, shoe polish, lipstick, acetone, mustard, and more. A few simple maintenance steps, however, will help protect your investment and keep your hardwood flooring looking like new.

Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish. Most major manufacturers have their own cleaning kits (containing a terry cloth mop and a cleaning solution) with instructions. The cleaner is sprayed onto the mop-head and then the floor is wiped clean. After damp cleaning, dry the floor thoroughly with a clean cloth. Use a damp cloth to blot spills and clean spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth.

At Carpet & Flooring Network we recommend the FloorCare Essentials Hard Surface Cleaning Kit, which is available through your local Carpet & Flooring Network dealer. The cleaning kits contain a terry cloth mop and a cleaning solution along with instructions. The cleaner is sprayed onto the mop-head and then the floor is wiped clean. After damp cleaning, dry the floor thoroughly with a clean cloth.

Protect Your Investment:

• Use rugs at workstations, pivot-points (stair landings, room entries), and high-traffic areas to reduce wear, especially if you have a large family or indoor pets.
• Use mats at all exterior doors to keep sand, dirt, grit, grease, and oil outside.
Keep pet's nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
• Place protective pads beneath furniture legs and feet to reduce scratches and dents.
• Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects, furniture, or appliances.
• Make certain furniture casters are clean and operate properly (a minimum 1" width is recommended.)
• Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on floor.
• Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood and fabrics. This causes the stain and/or wood to fade and/or change color. We recommend you rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly. Manufacturer's warranties do not cover damage from the sun and UV rays
• For engineered and longstrip hardwood floors properly installed over subfloor radiant heating systems, surface temperature should not exceed 85° F.
Maintain 40%-60% relative humidity to reduce the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
• If your floor becomes scratched or dull, repairs can often be made using repair accessories.
• Keep pet's nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.

Important Tips:

• Never wet or damp mop your wood floor. Water can cause damage to wood flooring.
• Do not wash or wet-mop the floor with water, soap, oil-soap detergent, strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners, wax, polish or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
• Do not use steel wool or scouring powder.
• Do not use any type of buffing machine.
• Do not use rubber-or foam-backed plastic mats as they may discolor the flooring.
• To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.

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