Classic Floors, Inc.
Your Guide To Residential Floor Maintenance
Hardwood floors have been experiencing a resurgence of popularity in recent years. Once thought to be difficult to care for, hardwood floors are now seen as easy to maintain. They are a beautiful alternative to tile, vinyl and even carpet. This is largely a result of improvements in the technology of hardwood floor finishes. These new finishes make keeping your hardwood floors looking like new an easy task.
For wood flooring in kitchens, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink and stove.
Chairs, and any other furniture that is moved frequently, should have fabric or cloth floor glides attached to the bottom of each leg to help prevent scratching and wear. These will need to be replaced periodically. Do not wax the bottom of chair legs.
When moving heavy furniture, do not
slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture
completely to protect the
Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks.
Excessive water could damage the floors.
Urethane finishes require little maintenance; Do not wax or polish the hardwood floors. Waxes or polishes will actually make the floor harder to clean and cause problems for future recoats. Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Do not use a steam mop on your wood floors.
In addition, do not use:
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A hardwood floor should be recoated when the original finish is showing signs of wear but before it has worn down through the finish or to the bare wood. Bare wood will be stained by dirt and grim and will need to be resanded. A wood floor professional should be consulted when recoat questions arise.