Keeping your hardwood floors looking beautiful is easier than you think as long as they are done regularly. For example, with Dirt & Grit: Simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor (with the beater bar turned off). There are also a few things to avoid
- AVOID – Wet mopping your hardwood floors as this can dull the finish, or even damage the wood.
- AVOID – Rugs with a rubber backing, as these can discolor your floor.
- AVOID – Place floor protector pads on the bottoms of all furniture that comes into direct contact with your floor.
It is important to know which type of finish has been applied to your floor. Different wood flooring finishes may require different care, and it is important to use the right product to protect your floors and prolong their life.
Oiled finishes have a very different appearance than Surface Finishes. Over time, as applications of oil and maintenance occur the floors will begin to look better and develop a rich patina. When properly maintained, an oiled floor will look great for a lifetime.
Cleaning: Use WOCA Natural Soap as it is designed to clean and protect oil finished floors from dirt, stains, and wear and tear. It cleans and leaves behind an invisible layer of soy and coconut fats, which greatly help to ward off most anything.
DO NOT use microfiber as this will wear down most finishes.
Refresher Oil: Used for periodic cleaning and maintenance of oiled floor (1-4 times per year). These products combine efficient cleaning with oil rejuvenation, as additional oil penetrates the wood and forms a protective layer in the surface.
Once you have been given the go-ahead, you should put felt pads on the bottoms of any furniture that will come into direct contact with your floor. This will help minimize scratches and dents to your new wood floors. To further protect your floors and prevent scratches, place scatter rugs at all entrances, avoiding those with rubber backing. Finally, avoid walking on your floors with cleats or high heels in disrepair, which can scratch the finish or even dent the hardwood.
Direct sunlight, furniture and rugs can cause color changes as well, so try to move your furnishings and rugs from time to time!
Be prepared for gaps to appear and then minimize during seasons of high and low humidity. In most cases, these spaces will correct themselves when conditions are more favorable.
Surfaced finishes are very popular because they are durable, water-resistant and require minimal maintenance. These finishes most often are referred to as urethanes or polyurethanes, and remain on the surface of the wood to form a protective wear layer.
Cleaning: For surface finishes, you should use the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products. If the manufacturer is not known, use a generic hardwood floor cleaner, which is available at your local retail flooring store. You should never use wax-based products on a surface finish floor as it will damage the finish. Petroleum-based cleaners should be avoided on water-based finishes as well.
Spills: Wipe up spills immediately. Use a slightly dampened cloth and follow with the manufacturer’s or a generic hardwood cleaning product.
Stains: Lightly dampen a cloth with the manufacturer’s or a generic hardwood cleaning product, and gently rub the stain. Repeat until the stain is removed.
Damaged Finishes: Contact a professional to refinish your floor and restore it to its original beauty.