What You Should Know
Your new hardwood floor is designed to give you a lifetime of satisfaction. It will make your home beautiful while at the same time increasing its value. No other floor-coving product can provide the warmth, beauty, or durability of hardwood.
There are a few characteristics of hardwood that you should keep in mind as you live on your new floor to help you get the most out of your wise investment.
- Hardwood flooring is a natural product. It is graded to remove blemishes that can interfere with its performance. The variation in color and graining is part of its natural beauty.
- Water and wood do not mix. It is important to take a few precautions to keep your floor looking its best.
- Clean up wet spills as quickly as possible to avoid potential damage.
- Never use water to clean your new floor. Only use cleaners recommended by the floor's manufacturer. Bruce Hardwood should be cleaned with Bruce Dura Luster cleaner to keep it looking and performing its best.
- Hardwood is durable, but it will indent and scratch. The new finishes will help improve surface wear, but the wood will still indent if something is dropped or dragged across it. This is not a defect in the product but part of the charm of a hardwood floor. Remember to:
- Use felt pads on chair and table legs.
- Place a plywood panel under your refrigerator before rolling it out.
- Use walk off mats at exterior doors to reduce grit on your floor.
- Select a species of wood that will meet your lifestyle requirements. Cherry, for example is much softer than Oak. Oak, therefore may be a better choice for a heavy traffic family room.
- Maintain your floor properly.
- Vacuum routinely to remove grit.
- Dry mop with the recommended cleaner as needed to keep it looking its best.
- Minor repairs can be performed with ease to keep your floor in top shape.
- Touchup kits are available to help repair the beauty marks often created by a busy lifestyle.
- Filler can be used to alleviate small gaps at the ends of boards or small corners that may be missing. This is part of normal installation and maintenance as your floor becomes part of your home.
- Seasonal gapping is normal and should be of little concern.
- Hardwood flooring will expand and contract as moisture is gained and lost keeping your humidity level between 35% and 55% will keep gapping to a minimum. A gap the size of a dime is not uncommon during the heating season and will likely close up during the summer.