Hardwood maintenance tips

Taking care of your hardwood floors:

1.Tiny particles, like dirt, can act like sandpaper and scratch your wood. By placing a floor mat at each entryway and encouraging family members and guests to wipe their feet, the majority of dirt and grime will remain on the mat. Also put a floor mat or rug in any area where water could be splashed — like near the kitchen sink. This will hinder any possible water damage. Note that rubber-backed or non-ventilated floor mats or rugs can damage your floor. Instead use floor mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and be sure to shake them out regularly.

2. Cleaning your hardwood regularly will help to maintain it’s original beauty.
Sweep your floor regularly of dirt, dust and other particles. Use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar, to get in between the boards and other hard to reach areas.

3. “Site Finished” hardwood floors, using an 8”x14” terrycloth mop that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along baseboards is recommended. Professional cleaning products such as Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner are recommended to remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your wood floor. Makers of “Pre-finished” floors recommend their own specific products for routine maintenance.