Sound Hardwood Solutions

Hardwood Care

Proper cleaning and maintenance will add years to your floor and give you so much satisfaction in the years to come, but only if you keep it in great shape.  Here are a few tips to help you maintain it.

Cleaning, foot traffic, and soiling will cause a change in the flooring’s appearance. Vacuum your wood floor with a soft bristle brush attachment, dust mop, or sweep the floor on a regular basis to minimize scratches and premature wear. Do not wet mop a floor, standing water will dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue. Cleaning your floor as directed with Bona Wood Floor Cleaner will keep your floor looking its best. The use of wax or other household cleaners, oil soaps or dust treatments, are not recommended on your wood floor. If wax or other treatments are applied, recoating may not be possible. The use of steam cleaners are not recommended on your wood floor. If steam cleaners are used, the finish may peel, whiten, or become cloudy and gray lines may appear along board edges.  Use quality doormats outside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances from being tracked onto your floor.  Place felt glides on the bottom of all items you will place on the floor.  Tap in glides work best on items that will move on the floor such as kitchen chairs, stick on are sufficient for furniture that will not move on the floor.  When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring.  It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.  Use a dolly with wide-base air tires when moving heavy appliances or furniture that can not be carried.  Never slide or roll heavy objects across your floor.  Pet nails can scratch or mar the finish.  Keep your pet’s nails trimmed regularly to avoid deep scratches.  Also keep your pet’s paws clean of gravel, grease, oil, and stains.  Clean up accidents immediately using a slightly dampened paper towel and hardwood floor cleaner.  Do not place plants on your floor without the use of a plant tray.  The moisture from the plant will cause damage to the wood floor.  Please remember your new floor is wood, a natural product that is subject to seasonal changes.  During the colder months of the year when your furnace is running, some separation in your floors is normal. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, in solid 2 1/4″ wide strip oak floors, dry time cracks may be the width of a dime’s thickness (1/32″). Wider boards will have wider cracks and the reverse is true.  Humidifiers will help reduce the amount of separation that will occur.  You may also want to use a dehumidifier, if you have excess moisture in your home to reduce cupping (individual boards with raised edges).  Most separation that happens during dry seasons will close up during the more humid seasons.  The suggested percentage of humidity in your home is 35% to 50% and suggested temperature in your home is 65° to 75°.  In order to maintain the suggested humidity and temperature levels, avoid adjusting your thermostat when away from your home.


What to expect during your project 

Once you’ve decided to install or refinish a wood floor, you may wonder what will happen next.  Knowing what to expect before, during, and after the work takes place will help ensure a high-quality job.  Before work begins, remove all furnishings, draperies, paintings, and other items from the room. For new installations, the wood will need to acclimate, which will vary from two days to two weeks or even longer depending on the species.  If your floors are being sanded, finished or refinished, be prepared for some noise and disruption.  Dust containment systems can minimize debris, but no system is 100% effective, so cover any items that you want to keep dust-free.  When the finish is applied, stay off your floors until it has dried.  The time required will vary depending on the type of finish used.  After the finish has dried, put felt pads on the bottoms of any furniture to minimize scratches and dents.  Place rugs at all entrances, avoiding those with rubber backs, which can discolor your floor. Avoid walking on your floors with cleats or high heels. Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical.  Variations in appearance are completely normal.  As your floor ages, some color change can occur.  This also is normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs.  Seasonal humidity change may cause the wood to expand and contract.  Cracks are normal and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity.  Flooring inspectors recommend inspecting the floor from a standing position in normal lighting to identify irregularities.  Finally, keep your wood floors looking their best by properly maintaining them. Maintain fluctuations in home relative humidity to 30 to 50 percent.  Use a cleaning product recommended for your floors and use it regularly to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.  Delays can occur for our homeowners and for us.  Equipment breakdown, employee illness and unexpected additional work at a previous job can occur, we will contact you if we are running behind, please contact us should you experience any delays, we will do our best at making any delays as convenient for you as possible.  Please feel free to contact us if you do have any questions.