Hardwood flooring is key for accomplishing a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. To ensure your floors preserve their fine qualities, you need to make sure you are maintaining them properly.
Our Hardwood Floor Maintenance Guide
Dust Mopping to Remove Dirt
Sweeping and mopping will remove most dirt, however, the most effective tool for removing finer particles of dust and grit that grind of finish, is a dust mop. To ensure your floors look their best, it is best to dust mop once a week minimum. If you choose to vacuum, use a soft bristle attachment.
Damp Mopping Spills and Heavy Dirt
When mopping to remove spills or tracked in dirt, we recommend damp mopping with Dave’s Floor Sanding Citrus Cleaner. To use, mist the floor with the spray bottle it comes in and wipe with a microfiber cloth or terry rag. These cleaners will not harm the finish, nor will they leave a film. Just make sure to only use a damp mop, never wet, and don’t let the cleaning solution remain on the floor for a long period of time because excess liquids can soak between the boards and cause damage to the wood.
Do Not Wax or Polish
If you anticipate the need for a fresh buff and coat, never wax or polish your floors. The films left by the waxes and polishes cannot be coated over. Consult us at Dave’s Floor Sanding & Installation if you have any questions about waxes or polishes. (Note: oil soaps are not to be used for the same reason).
Several years of hard use may require a re-coating to restore the finish of your floors. The floor should be coated when it shows signs of wear and can be done with minimal inconvenience. If you are not sure how to judge when your floor is due for a re-coat, our rule of thumb is about every 3-5 years, depending on your household traffic.
To provide the best conditions for your hardwood floors, The National Hardwood Flooring Association recommends a relative humidity of 30% to 50% and a temperature range of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. (Note: A humidifier is necessary during the winter and an air conditioner or dehumidifier is necessary during the summer to reduce linear cracks).
Dave’s Upkeep Recommendations
We want nothing more than for your floors to preserve their natural qualities for years.
Over our 40+ years of business, we have found these tips necessary for lasting quality:
Put felt pads on all table and chair legs
Do not use rubber backed rugs
Do not place flower pots directly on floors
Do not place rugs for approximately 2 weeks depending on the type of finish used and weather conditions
Always use caution when moving furniture or other items across a wood floor