- Use mats in traffic areas and doorways – avoid rubber or foam backed mats as they may discolor floor.
- Place felt pads under furniture. USE FELT PADS! If the piece is moveable like a chair use pads with a nail. If the piece is stationary like a dresser you can also use a sticky pad. Always look at your pads routinely for wear or missing and replace as needed.
- Daily Cleaning – Use a microfiber cleaning pad and dusting pad. Use the correct floor cleaner, but which one? It is best to use a floor cleaner recommended by a wood floor manufacturer or a floor finishing manufacturer. We recommend Basic Coatings Squeaky or Bona Professional or Pallmann Hardwood Floor Care, all are made by floor finishing manufacturers.
- Intensive Cleaning – Contact your wood flooring contractor to remove tough dirt and surface contaminants with the Dirt Dragon™ cleaning machine.
- Recoat – When you notice wear, schedule a recoat. Recoating can be done with a traditional screen and coat process or with the TyKote® Dustfree Refinishing System. The TyKote System is a combination of intensive cleaning and a new coat of finish. Recoat before the floor has worn down to bare wood.
- Re-sand – If the floor has been worn to bare wood, it may need to be sanded. With proper cleaning and recoating when needed, the average homeowner will never have to go through this process.
Other Helpful Tips
- Do not use wax or silicone-based polishes or cleaners. Some wood flooring cleaners sold at your local store may actually make the floor more difficult to clean and may create problems when the floor requires refinishing.
- Do not use steel wool or scouring powder.
- Don’t wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination and joint line separation and will void your warranty. Standing water can dull your finish and cause discoloration.
- Use a humidifier/dehumidifier to maintain a consistent humidity level. Wood flooring will naturally expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity.
- Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35 and 55% throughout the year to minimize natural expansion and contraction of wood.
- Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
- Avoid deep scratches. High heels and dog nails can damage wood flooring. For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrap with a plastic scrapper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the floor. Wipe clean with a damp cloth then wipe any moisture off with a dry cloth.
- Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the flooring to age evenly. Exposure to the sun and its UV rays will soften the tone of various species of hardwood to varying degrees and accelerate the oxidation and aging of wood.
- Moving heavy furniture. If you cannot carry the piece, do not slide furniture across the floor. Use a dolly and one sheet of 1/4” plywood ripped in half, 24” x 96”. The dolly to protect your back and the plywood to protect your floor.
If you recently had your floors refinished, dry mop your floors with a microfiber mop until the finish is 100% cured, 30 days for oil based urethane and 14 days for waterbase urethane. After the finish is 100% cured begin using the proper cleaning solution as part of your regular maintenance routine.