Despite all of the technological advances of today’s hardwood flooring, it can be damaged if not properly maintained. Follow these simple steps to keep your flooring looking like new:
Use protective mats
Good quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, moisture, grime, and sand that can damage your floor. Vacuum and/or clean these regularly to minimize the risk of transfer to the floor.
Use floor protectors under furniture
Place glides or felt floor protectors under furniture legs. For items on casters, it is recommended that you use only clean, non-staining, hard rubber or vinyl wheels that are a minimum 1” wide for best results. Clean them frequently to prevent scratches, scuffs and burns.
Clean your area rugs
If you use area rugs on your wood flooring, be sure to vacuum them regularly to remove loose dirt and sand. Be sure all area rugs approved backings (not rubber of foam), color-fast and completely dry before placing on the floor.
Avoid direct UV sunlight exposure
Adjust blinds and shades during peak sunlight hours to minimize UV and heat exposure of your wood flooring. Use approved area rugs and periodically rearrange furniture to help age the flooring evenly. Note that some colors age more dramatically than others. Consult your manufacturer’s care and maintenance information for more details.
Avoid sharp or extremely heavy objects
Stiletto heels and other sharp objects may indent or damage your hardwood floor. Try to minimize indentation of furniture legs by using wide protectors that distribute the weight more evenly.
Maintain relative humidity levels
A normal indoor relative humidity level between 45% and 65% throughout the year will help to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
- Heating Season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low
humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
- Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating system can maintain humidity levels during the summer months. Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
If your floor contains a radiant (in-floor) heating system, be sure to regulate the surface temperature for best results. Check your warranty information from the manufacturer for specifications.