Use proper tools to clean your floor – a mop paired
with a machine washable, microfiber pad for dusting and cleaning. The
Electrostatic action attracts dirt, micro particles and common household
allergens. Vacuum with suction type only, no spinning Brushes. Regular
dusting and cleaning keeps hardwood floors clean so abrasive dirt won’t
scratch the finish.
Clean with an approved wood floor cleaner such as Bona
Chemi Swedish Formula or Basic Coatings. Do not pour cleaner directly on
the floor. Do not use a wet mop that can leave excess water behind. Never
use oil soaps or soap-based cleaners, wax or steam cleaners on your
hardwood floors. These soaps and wax leave residues that can damage the
finish and leave a greasy film that makes your floor slippery, difficult
to maintain, and impossible to refinish without deep sanding and complete
revarnishing. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor,
which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.
Wipe up any spilled liquid quickly from your floor with
a damp soft cloth. Watch out for high shoes that have lost their
protective cap and small stones as they can scratch and gouge your floor's
surface. High heels are hardwood flooring’s worst enemy after sand and
water and some kinds of sports footwear, particularly if they’re worn or
Put mats outside and inside entrances. Inside use
natural rubber rug underlayment with a waffle pattern. This will prevent
the build-up of sand and dirt on the floor.
Put mats in front of the kitchen sink, the dishwasher,
and all kitchen work stations to protect your floor from dropped utensils
and spills of water, detergent, and food. When they get damp or soiled
remove and clean them.
Avoid mats with rubber or other dense backing that
prevents airflow and traps abrasive dirt and moisture.
Attach felt or Carpet pads to the feet of all furniture
to make it easier to move and prevent scratches. Keep the pads clean and
replace if damaged.
Replace plastic casters with wide rubber or soft
Protect the floor when moving Light furniture by
placing a blanket or a piece of carpet, soft side down under the furniture
and sliding it carefully to its new location. For medium and heavy weight
furniture or appliances use a soft Carpet or mat turned upside down with a
slightly smaller piece of plywood or Masonite on top of it. Place
furniture on top and slide it slowly to its new location.
Maintain humidity levels between 25 and 50% depending
on the flooring manufactures recommendations, keeping the humidity and
temperature from going to extremes in your home will help keep the wood
from shrinking. Never shut off your heating, ventilation or
air-conditioning system for long periods of time, such as summer
vacations. Do not raise or lower the temperature of a radiant heating
system by more than 2.8°C [5°F] per day when turning the system on or off.
Use a hygrometer [relative humidity indicator] to check
moisture content in the air to ensure that relative humidity is within the
Avoid exposing your floor to sunlight and intense
artificial light, which can cause wood to change color. This is a
completely normal and natural phenomenon. The lighter the wood, the more
pronounced the change will be.
Move your carpets and furniture occasionally and use a
minimum number of light sources to keep color changes uniform.