Helpful Hints for Keeping Your Wood Floors Beautiful

Wood Floors 101

floor sanding

"We had been using several different floor sanding contractors, but none matched Bill's service and performance."

~ Bill Nardi
Property Manager, Imagineers, Inc.

Helpful Hints

  • Never use ammonia, self-polishing acrylic waxes, bleach, or oil soaps to clean hardwood Floors. They will dull or change the finish and affect the ability to re-coat or refurbish later on.
  • Use of floor mats to capture dirt & grit particles which will scratch the floor over time. Use in water splash areas and only use specialty mats for hardwood floors. Do not use rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats which can damage the floors over time.
  • Do not wet-mop or use excessive water to clean floors. This can cause the wood to expand and crack or splinter.
  • Spray a little professional cleaner on a cloth and apply to remove occasional scuff & heal marks.
  • Do not wax a floor that has a polyurethane finish.
  • Clean up spills and sticky spots immediately.
  • Consider screening & re-coating to rejuvenate dull, worn or lifeless coating on floors. Older or damaged floors will require a full sanding and refinishing for a completely new appearance.
  • Fading or changing color due to sun exposure (UV Rays) may occur over time. Use of window treatments to provide shade and rotating furniture & area rugs regularly will promote more even aging.
  • Use flannel protectors on furniture and table legs to avoid scratches. Never slide furniture. Always pick up to move.
  • Check heels on shoes periodically. Make sure no cleated or sports shoes are worn. Unintended dents and scratches may occur. Also check your pets nails!
  • To control humidity, use a humidifier in the winter—if your house is dry—and air conditioning in summer. Ideal humidity levels are 35% - 45%.
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