Hardwood floors are a wonderful asset to make any home look beautiful. Whether you are looking to install brand new hardwood floors or sand and refinish existing ones, the team at DBR Home Builders can help. From selecting lumber to helping you determine the right stain to match your decor, our experts are here to make your project a success.
Once the renovations to your floors have been completed, here are some tips to make sure to keep your floors in excellent condition:
- Allow finish to cure two weeks before using area rugs
- Keep drapes and blinds closed when possible to minimize direct sunlight to floors. Wood can be negatively affected by sunlight the same way sensitive carpet or fabrics can.
- Use protective wool felt pads on chair legs and furniture
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum
- Buff & coat floors every 3-7 years
Under normal drying conditions, furniture can be returned to rooms within 24-36 hours after the floor has been refinished. Do not slide anything across the floor; bring it in and set it down. A complete cure takes around three to four weeks, so be mindful of the floors during that time period.
How to clean and preserve your hardwood flooring
Dust Mop to Remove Dirt – Sweeping and vacuuming will remove most dirt, but not all. A good quality dust mop is the most effective tool for removing the finer particles of dust and grit that will grind off finish. To keep your floor looking its best, dust mop once a week minimum. Dust more often depending on the amount of dirt carried into the house and the number of people living in the house.
Frequency – you should typically need to dust mop once a week. Increase the frequency per week for any children and large pets in the house.
Damp Mop for Spills & Heavy Soil Buildup– Spills and tracked-in dirt can be cleaned by lightly damp mopping the floor. Recommended cleaners are “Swiffer Dry,” and”Swiffer Wet” (do not use the “Swiffer Wet Jet,” it releases too much water which can damage your hardwood flooring). Do not let the cleaning solution remain on the floor. Use a clean towel and dry the floor. Even though the cleaners will not harm the finish, water can soak between the boards and cause damage to the wood. Rinsing should not be necessary.
Be careful to use only a damp mop, not wet, as excess water will damage the floor. Note: Oil soaps, liquid ammonia, and vinegar are not to be used on floor finish.
Do not wax or polish your floors! – If you anticipate the need for a fresh coat of finish in a few years, do not wax or polish your floor. The films left by waxes and polishes cannot be coated over. Consult one of our specialists if you have questions about waxes or polishes. Note: Oil soaps are not to be used for the same reason.
For additional questions about your hardwood flooring, contact DBR Home Builders today through our web form or call our main office at 773-362-8588 .