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Care and Maintenance Guidelines for Pre-Finished Hardwood Floors
1. Before performing any maintenance on the Hardwood floor, thoroughly vacuum the floor with a vacuum with a soft brush and wand attachment to ensure the flooring is free of any sheet rock and wood flooring dust. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads.
2. NEVER CLEAN OR WET/DAMP MOP WITH WATER, INCLUDING STEAM MOP CLEANERS (i.e. “SHARK” cleaners). Water may permanently damage the floor.
3. Never use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, mop and glow products, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar. Many of these products can pit or etch the finish of your flooring or prevent the proper use of recommended maintenance materials.
4. After vacuuming the floor, dust mop the floor if needed. A swivel-head mop with a soft cover is highly recommended to eliminate finer particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
5. Spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped up immediately. For spot cleaning, apply manufacturer’s hardwood floor cleaner onto a clean cloth and rub onto the spot. Never apply wax treatments to your urethane-coated floor.
6. Clean the entire floor with manufacturer’s hardwood and a swivel-head mop with soft cover. Spray the floor cleaner directly onto the floor or on the mop cover. DO NOT allow excess floor cleaner to remain on the floor’s surface. Excess liquid may damage the fiber of the wood.
7. Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the hardwood floor.
8. Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high-traffic areas. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
9. Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and UV resistant film on large glass doors and windows. Move area rugs occasionally as they block sunlight and may give the appearance of discoloring under the rug.
10. Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches.