How To Care For Your Floors

  • Use floor mats in entrance ways to collect debris and liquids
  • Floor mats in front of high traffic areas can help reduce wear (Important to make sure water does not sit underneath mats)
  • Vacuum/sweep regularly to prevent grit that wears down finish (Avoid vacuums with beater bars or power rotary brush head)
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with damp cloth
  • Use protective felt pads (Click here to buy) under chairs and pads under heavy furniture
  • If you’re looking for carpet pads, Nomuv.com is a respected brand that uses natural rubber
  • Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws dried to best of your ability
  • Use window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays
  • For something like wax or gum, you can use ice to harden it, then gently scrape off with a credit card, taking care not to scratch the finish
  • We recommend Bona hardwood floor cleaner (Important to NOT use their polish)
  • We recommend, every 6-12 months (depending on traffic) having us deep clean your floors with a power scrubber.  This removes scuff marks and ground-in dirt, helping prolong the life of the floor finish.  
  • When floors begin to show light wear, a good idea is to have us do a quick buff and recoat. This will give your floor new life and it is much less intrusive, costly, and timely compared to a full resand. Doing this consistently can prevent the need for a resand indefinitely and will save you money in the long term.
  • Wood will always shrink in the winter and expand in the summer.  Using a whole-home humidifier during winter will help lessen the shrinkage, as wood likes to stay between 35% and 55% humidity

 

Things To Avoid

  • High heels may dent the floor, especially a softer wood like pine
  • Wet-mopping, damp-mopping, and vinegar
  • The following 3 bullets will make your floor incompatible with polyurethane in the future (meaning you will not be able to re-coat your floors when they get worn)
  • Oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, or other household products containing lemon, citrus, tung oil, or silicon
  • Steel wool or scouring pads to scrub the floor
  • 2-in- 1 cleaners that contain acrylic or urethane polish to restore gloss