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Legacy Hardwood Floors
Floor Care & Maintenance
Maintaining the beauty and longevity of your hardwood floors is effortless with Legacy Hardwood Floors. Our care and maintenance solutions are designed to keep your floors looking impeccable for years to come. Whether it’s routine cleaning tips, expert advice on handling water damage, or preserving the rich patina of oiled finishes, our team is here to guide you. We understand the value of your investment, and our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and resources to protect it. Explore our floor care and maintenance tips to ensure your hardwood floors remain a source of pride in your home or business.
General Cleaning and Maintenance
To enhance the longevity and beauty of your hardwood floors, regular cleaning and maintenance are key. When dealing with dirt and grit, a few simple steps can make a significant difference. For instance, addressing Dirt & Grit entails routine sweeping, dust mopping, or vacuuming (ensure the beater bar is turned off). However, it’s crucial to avoid certain practices. Avoid wet mopping, as it has the potential to dull the finish and even harm the wood. Additionally, steer clear of rugs with rubber backing, as these may cause discoloration. Implementing floor protector pads under furniture that makes direct contact with your floors is another preventative measure.
Understanding the type of finish applied to your floor is paramount. Different wood flooring finishes demand specific care, and using the appropriate products is vital for protecting your floors and extending their lifespan. For tailored guidance and product recommendations, consult our experts at Legacy Hardwood Floors.
How to Take Care of Oiled Finishes
Taking care of oiled finishes is essential to preserve their unique appearance and ensure long-lasting beauty. Oiled finishes impart a distinct look compared to surface finishes, and with regular oil applications and proper maintenance, your floors will gradually develop a rich, beautiful patina that can last a lifetime.
Cleaning: To maintain the luster of your oiled floor, use WOCA Natural Soap specially formulated for cleaning and safeguarding oil-finished floors against dirt, stains, and wear. This remarkable product not only cleans but also leaves an imperceptible layer of soy and coconut fats, effectively deterring various forms of damage.
Caution: Avoid using microfiber, as it may lead to premature wear on most finishes.
Refresher Oil: For periodic cleaning and maintaining the vitality of your oiled floor (recommended 1-4 times annually), consider using Refresher Oil. These products offer a dual benefit by efficiently cleaning and rejuvenating the wood with added oil that forms a protective layer on the surface. This protective layer ensures your oiled floor continues to shine with a timeless appeal.
Post Installation Tips
After the completion of your wood floor installation, it’s crucial to follow these post-installation tips to ensure the long-lasting beauty of your floors while minimizing potential damage:
Furniture Protection: To prevent scratches and dents on your new wood floors, promptly attach felt pads to the bottoms of any furniture that will come into direct contact with them.
Scatter Rugs: Safeguard your floors against scratches and wear by strategically placing scatter rugs at all entrances. However, be cautious when selecting rugs, avoiding those with rubber backing that can cause discoloration.
Footwear Awareness: To avoid scratches or dents to the hardwood finish, refrain from walking on your floors with cleats or damaged high heels.
Sunlight and Color Changes: Be aware that direct sunlight, along with the presence of furniture and rugs, can lead to color changes on your wood floors. To mitigate this, periodically reposition your furnishings and rugs to ensure even exposure.
Seasonal Gaps: During periods of high and low humidity, anticipate the appearance of gaps between your wood floor boards. In most cases, these gaps will naturally correct themselves as humidity levels become more favorable.
By following these valuable post-installation guidelines, you’ll protect the beauty and integrity of your wood floors for years to come.