Bennett Woods
Your Hardwood Floor Refinishing Experts

Care of Hardwood

Hardwood floors are a beautiful, and render a classy look to any home.  To keep your floor beautiful and make it last a very long time, there are a few simple steps you will want to take to protect it and to keep it as great as the day we finished the restoration. 

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

The main challenge of hardwood floor care is the cleaning process. Damage caused to the hardwood flooring is due to the choice of wrong techniques for cleaning. Regular cleaning of the floor is a must, as dirt, sand and such other particles may cause scratches and dents on the surface and make the floor look old before it's time. Use a fine quality broom that has exploded tips to pick up the dusty materials from the floor so that the floor does not get scratches due to the broom. Brooming cannot ensure thorough cleaning of the areas between the planks which are difficult to reach. For this, we suggest you use a canister vacuum with attachments for bare floors. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar.

A simple method of maintaining the clean, new look of the hardwood floor is to mop as needed with a damp cloth. Use a clean terry cloth or micro fiber mop and an alcohol based cleaner. Spray the cleaner on with a spray bottle, then wipe in the direction the boards are running. If an alcohol based cleaner is not available you can use a 25% solution of white vinegar and water or just plain water. The most important thing is never use a caustic oil soap such as Muphy's Oil Soap or Orange Glow cleaner. The oil will impregnate into the finish and not alow for recoating the floor in the future. Floors need a new coat of finish applied every few years. The frequency depends on many factors such as the type of finish used, traffic, and cleaning frequency. Most clients have water based finishes re-coated every 2 to 3 years, oil modifies finished every 3 to 4 years and acid cured finishes every 5 to 7 years. These times can be extended by regular cleaning and using rugs in heavy traffic areas. 

Tips for Hardwood Floor Maintenance

The UV light of the sun can cause extensive color change to the floor.  Use curtains, vertical blinds or sheer drapes to protect your floor from the sun, as much as possible.

Water is another factor that can ruin the floor. Over exposure to water, a hardwood floor, irrespective of the kind of finish it has, will lose its shine and the surface will get distorted badly. In case of any accidental spills, wipe them off with a dry soft piece of cloth, without any delay so that they do not settle on the floor to make permanent stains.

While moving the furniture over hardwood floor, do not drag it from one place to another, as this can cause scratches. Always use felt glides under the legs and lift the furniture when moving. Placing floor mats at the entrance door will help avoid dirt from coming inside the house. Use cotton rugs not nylon as they capture the dirt better and keep it out of the home. Do not use rubber backed mats as they may change the color of the floor and may leave permeant marks or patterns.

With proper care your floor can be maintained to give your home the lasting natural beauty you desire for a lifetime.
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