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Regular cleaning of your wood floor is a must. Sweep or vacuum (using the brush attachment) your floor often to remove any dirt or sand that may have been tracked in from outside. Left on the floor, these particles can scratch and dull the finish of virtually any product. Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to help to minimize the amount of dirt and grit tracked in. Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high traffic areas. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.

Floor protector pads should be used on the bottoms of furniture to eliminate scratches and gouges. Do not roll or slide heavy objects directly upon the floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, consider laying a heavy protective covering on your floor and gently walk the item across it.

Never wet mop your floor. Used inappropriately, water can be one of your floor’s worst enemies. Wipe up spills immediately using a slightly damp cloth. For stubborn stains use a cloth dampened with a generic hardwood floor cleaner. For regular cleaning of your floor we recommend the use of Bona-Kemi Hardwood www.bonakemi.com

Never apply wax to your hardwood floor. Applying wax to a polyurethane floor will not only make future refinishing impossible, but will void any warranties you hold on the product. Never use any of the following products on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar. Many of these products can pit or etch the finish of your flooring.

Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches. Do not damage your floors with shoes having high heeltaps or sharp objects protruding from the sole. High heels must be properly maintained to prevent damage from the steel heel support.

Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.

Eventually over time the floor will begin to lose its luster making it necessary to recoat. The time frame will depend on the product and finish you have chosen.

WATER DAMAGE: Most hardwood floor damages are caused by excessive humidity or water intrusion either from the sidewalls, roof, windows, doors, or any area above or below the hardwood flooring. Excessive moisture or leaks will cause the hardwood to cup, buckle, warp, or shrink.

 

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