Don’t Forget!…Wood is a natural product and will react to changes in its environment.
The key is to minimize humidity changes. Keeping humidity levels between 45% and 55% at a room temperature of 68 to 72 degrees will lend stability to your new wood floor.
Initial care after installation
Following installation, clean with appropriate brand No-Wax Floor Cleaner.
- To reduce wear, use area rugs at heavily traveled areas
- Use dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to keep sand, dirt, grit, grease, and oil outside.
- Thoroughly clean and rinse sponge mops to eliminate detergents.
- Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by manufacturer.
- Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil and stains.
- Place protective pads beneath furniture legs and feet to reduce scratches and dents.
- Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects, furniture, or appliances.
- Make certain furniture casters are clean and operate properly (a minimum 1” width in diameter is recommended).
- Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood. This causes the stain and/or wood to fade and/or change color. We recommend rearranging rugs and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly.
- Vacuum or sweep your floor once a week, or more if needed. The vacuum head must be a soft brush or felt type. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head. A good quality dust mop is also highly recommended to eliminate finer particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on a hardwood floor.
- Spills and tracked-in dirt should be cleaned immediately. Using appropriate brand hardwood cleaner, lightly apply to the surface and wipe with a sponge mop or a soft cloth. Excess cleaner that does not evaporate immediately should be dried with a clean towel. No rinsing is necessary.
- NEVER mop or flood floor with water or other products. This can severely damage the flooring.
- NEVER use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, or abrasives cleaning soaps.
- NEVER allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time.
- NEVER allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.