Sweep or vacuum your hardwood floor on a regular basis (about once a week) just as you would any floor covering. Make sure no rocks or pebbles get lodged in the bristles, they will cause damage to your finish.
Wipe up spills immediately
Use doormats outside room entrances and in front of high traffic areas like the kitchen sink and refrigerator to keep dirt and grit off your floor and to prevent damage and excessive wear. Shake clean or vacuum all rugs periodically to keep clean
Use carpet runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) in high traffic areas.
Lift and place all furniture whenever possible, do NOT scoot furniture. For heavy pieces use a dolly with intertube tires, or place clean masonite on the floor and scoot across the masonite
Protect your floor from direct sunlight over long periods of time
Wash floors with a slightly damp mop using water and Polycare Floor Cleaner made by Last-N-Last, or Bona’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Maintain the relative humidity in your home between 35-50% to avoid shrinkage during heating months. You WILL have some cracks during winter months.
Use furniture protectors to avoid scratching and damaging the floor’s surface, place self-adhesive felt furniture pads under chair and tables legs that could damage the floor’s finish when moved across the floor. Replace the pads often, and keep them clean and free of dirt and grit.
Keep heels of shoes in good repair—-especially high heels
Keep your pet’s nails trimmed, they WILL scratch your finish
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Urethane finishes will eventually show wear patterns from surface scratching. When traffic areas begin to look dull, it is time to re-coat your floors. Re-coating is a one day process, and cost much less than sanding/refinishing. You should plan on re-coating hardwood floors every 3 to 5 years depending on traffic patterns and wear. Do NOT wait until you wear through the finish to the bare wood or sanding may be required.
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Do not use abrasive or harsh chemicals such as ammonia, dish washing detergent, powdered all-purpose cleaner, Endust, Pledge, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Orange Glo or any type of wax or silicone base products on your floor. Do NOT use steam cleaners on hardwood floors, they will ruin your finish.
Do not use ball-type casters or casters made of hard materials such as plastic or metal on any furniture on your hardwood floor.