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HOW TO CARE AND MAINTAIN HARDWOOD FLOORING

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Hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain. When proper care and maintenance is observed, the beauty and value of your wood flooring can be enjoyed much longer. Here are a few key points on taking care and maintaining your hardwood flooring.

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 CARE AND CLEANING

We recommend that you regularly sweep, dry mop and vacuum your floor with a soft brush attachment to avoid the accumulation of grit and dust on the surface. Any conditioning or stain removal from your floor should be performed using products specially formulated for use on pre-finished hardwood floors.

HUMIDITY

As wood is a natural fiber, changes in the level of humidity of the room, in which you have installed your hardwood floor, will cause it to shrink or expand. The humidity level must be kept at a normalized level (between 40% and 60%). This can be easily accomplished through the use of an appropriate ventilation and humidification system or dehumidification system. Most regions of Canada will need a humidifier in the winter months.

SUNLIGHT

The color or stain of your hardwood floor will mature with time and exposure to sunlight. This will cause it to change color. Any area rug, which blocks out light, should therefore be shifted on a regular basis to keep the color of your floor more uniform.

LIQUIDS AND SPILLS

All liquids and spills should be wiped off as soon as possible in order to prevent any possible damage. Ensure that a dry paper towel or terrycloth is used after clean up to ensure no liquid remains. You may consider using area rugs to protect susceptible areas (around kitchen sink, at exterior entrances etc.) If a spill occurs please remember to check under the mat to ensure that no water is trapped and that there is no moisture touching the floor. Do not wet mop your floor. Standing water can harm or warp your floor.

PROTECTION

Abrasive dirt such as sand, street dirt and cat litter can damage any hardwood floor regardless of the strength of the finish. Regularly sweep and vacuum with a soft brush attachment do not use a vacuum with a beater bar as found in most upright models. In addition, you can help protect your floor by using entrance mats and area rugs in high-risk areas such at entrances and doorways. When cleaning, remember to clean under the edges of rugs as it is a common place for trapped debris. Shake mats regularly to ensure no trapped debris. For rug pads choose 100% non-solvent based rubber, an untreated natural fiber such as wool or jute, or 1/4” chopped urethane. Do not use sticky or tacky backers. The plasticizers they use can attack and discolor finish. These same plasticizers may also be present in the backers of some rugs. In kitchens, use area rugs in high spill locations and at workstations.

Cotton is generally the best fabric since it easily washed; do not use rug backers in a kitchen area. Check all items that come in contact with the floor. Not only should felt pads be placed under the legs of the furniture standing on your floor but the felt pads should be cleaned regularly and checked for wear every 6 months in order to reduce the risk of damaging your floor. Wearing high heels should be avoided on your hardwood floor. The tremendous pressure exerted by the tip can dent and scratch the surface.

Moving furniture across a floor can scratch and damage the flooring. If you must move heavy pieces of furniture (refrigerator, piano, love seat, etc.) never slide them directly on the flooring. Instead, place a piece of carpet face down between the furniture legs and the flooring and pull on the carpet to move the furniture. By doing so, you will prevent damage to your flooring. Chairs with rollers should have wide rollers installed and a protective pad placed beneath large enough to cover the area it will be used. The area covered by the pad must be cleaned on a regular basis. Children’s toys should be checked as a source for dents and scratches. Pets with sharp nails can certainly cause scratches as well as a source of water spots on floors. Please keep their nails trimmed.

CHOICE OF CLEANERS AND APPLICATORS

Although many hardwood flooring cleaners are advertised as suitable for pre-finished flooring the results can be extremely

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Regular moping and vacuuming of hardwood floors helps prevent scratches and wear.

damaging to the finish or leave your flooring looking hazy. An easy way to test you cleaner is to try it on a mirror or glass to see if a residue is left.

ISSUES WITH SOME CLEANERS

• Ammonia – Is too harsh and can discolor wood.

• Vinegar – Is an acid that can etch the finish and create dulling Liquid polishes Have a wax type material which shines and leaves a contaminating film on the floor

• Household dust treatments – Leaves a slick and waxy residue Household cleaners Have strong detergents and may harm the finish and leave a residue or contaminating film behind

•Any product that instructions say mop and bucket – Introduce water to the flooring, which can be catastrophic to the flooring Steam cleaners, this is currently the most damaging product on the market to clean your flooring with. The introduction of heat and steam cannot only crack flooring but the introduction of water is very damaging to the finish

• A product with a combination reservoir spray and mop – Introduces liquid directly to the flooring and can remain in the micro-bevel and cause damage if the spray is not fine enough.

The recommended method of cleaning is a combination of Sweeping & Vacuuming and the use of a Bona prefinished hardwood flooring cleaner sprayed on a microfiber dry mop. The microfiber pad is machine washable; however, we recommend avoiding the use of bleach, fabric softener, and dryer sheets when washing as it can potential cause a residue or damage on your flooring. They can be washed up to 300 times.

If you have any additional questions about the use of certain products or the general care and maintenance procedures applicable for hardwood floors feel free to give us a call or visit our web site at www.custom-hardwood-flooring.com

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Different Kinds of Wood Floor Finishes 

9 Mar

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When choosing the right type of finish for your wood floors, consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. All wood floors will require routine maintenance, such as sweeping or dust mopping, to keep them looking beautiful and new, but different wood flooring finishes will have a big impact on how you care for your floor long-term, as well as how your floor will look in the years to come.

Surface finishes are very popular because they are durable, water-resistant, and require minimal maintenance. Surface finishes are blends of synthetic resins. These finishes most often are referred to as urethane or polyurethanes, and remain on the surface of the wood to form a protective coating.

There are several types of surface finishes available: water-based, oil-based, acid-cured, and moisture-cured.
Water-based finishes appear clear and will resist turning yellow over time. They have a mild odor when applied, and will dry in two to three hours. Water-based finishes are very durable.
Oil-based finishes appear amber in color. They have a moderate odor when applied, and will dry in about eight hours. Oil-based finishes are very durable.
Acid-cured finishes appear clear to slightly amber. They have a strong odor when applied, and will dry in about two to three hours. Acid-cured finishes are extremely durable.
Moisture-cured finishes appear clear to amber. They have a strong odor when applied, and will dry in about two to three hours in humid conditions. Moisture-cured finishes are extremely durable and are more moisture-resistant than other surface finishes.
Wax finishes soak into the pores of the wood and harden to form a protective penetrating seal, which will appear low luster and amber in color. They have a mild odor when applied, and will dry in a variable amount of time depending on the type of wax used and the job-site conditions. Wax finishes are durable, but will show spots from water and other contaminates.
Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the wood to create a super-hard, extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated finishes rarely are used in residential applications. They most often are used in very high traffic areas in commercial settings such as malls and restaurants.

Consult a professional hardwood flooring technician to help you decide on what kind of finish is best for your floors. Call us at 1-888-844-6624 for a free on site estimate.

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