Caring for your hardwood floor
  • 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 damaged.

  • 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 polyurethane casters.

  • 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 recommended range.

  • 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.