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Maintaining your beautiful new wood floor.
Here are a few tips to help keep your new wood looking its best.
1. Regular vacuuming and mopping. Vacuum your floors weekly to ensure that there is no build up of dust and debris. Use a vacuum that is made for hard/smooth surface floors. If you have a vacuum that is both for carpet and hard/smooth surfaces, be sure to switch it over before moving on to your hardwood; beater bars and other carpet attachments will cause damage to the floor. When mopping, be sure to use a damp microfiber pad/mop. Ring the pad/mop out well before placing it on the floor as excess amounts of water can cause swelling or warping of the boards. The only cleaning products I recommend for hardwood floors are cleaners made specifically for hardwood floors. An example is Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. I use this on my hardwood floors in my personal home. It is safe and very effective. Do not use any cleaners that contain oil, wax or silicone. These may prevent a new coat of finish from adhering when the time comes to resurface your floor. Be sure to clean up any spills or pet accidents immediately or they may cause damage to the floor.
2. Mats and furniture protector pads. Place mats at exterior doors, high traffic areas or anywhere there is use of water; such as kitchens and bathrooms. Mats will help catch excess sand, grit and water. Try to avoid rubber backed or non ventilated mats/rugs as these may cause damage or leave a residue on the floor. Place felt or cork pads on the legs/bottoms of all furniture sitting on your hardwood. This will allow chairs, etc...to move freely without scratching the floor.
3. Resurfacing. I recommend having your floor resurfaced approximately every 2-3 years. Doing this will rejuvenate your floor and keep the need for re-sanding at bay. This is a simple process called a "screen and coat" where I will abrade the existing finish, clean it, and apply a new coat of finish. If you start to notice dull spots in high traffic areas, a professional resurfacing is needed.
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the maintenance of your hardwood, please don't hesitate to ask.