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Just Refinished My Hardwood Floors, Now What?

HELPFUL TIPS FROM PATRICK DAIGLE FLOORING: ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Please keep in mind that floor finish will take 60 to 90 days to fully cure. Do not use any painters tape or drag anything across the floor until the finish is fully cured!

 

  1. Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor. Safe cleaning products are Polycare or Bona.
  2. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, or tar, apply mineral spirits on a clean white cloth, then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  3. Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with a recommended hard floor attachment (not a beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  4. Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for urethane finishes.
  5. Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, joint-line separation and void the warranty.
  6. Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
  7. Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine, these can generate heat or hot spots.
  8. For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  9. A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach home.

Protection

  1. Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
  2. Do not use rubber or foam backed plastic mats as they may discolor the flooring finish. To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment approved for urethane finishes.
  3. Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/ rollers to minimize indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
  4. Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 45%-55% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood. Failure to do so will void warranty
  5. Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
  6. Do not walk on your floor with stiletto heels, shoes with sports cleats or exposed metal parts.
  7. Use protective mats when moving refrigerators and pianos across the floors so no wheel marks are left behind.
  8. Keep your pets nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
  9. UV sunlight will enhance the tone of different species of hardwood to varying degrees. Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the floor to antique or age evenly.
  10. Use a dolly when moving heavy furniture or appliances; but first, put down a piece of quarter inch plywood or Masonite to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across the floor.
  11. A protective mat should be used for furniture or chairs with castors.
  12. Use cleaning products safe for urethane finishes; never use oil soaps, wax, liquid or other household products to clean your floor.
  13. Lumber Liquidators does not endorse the use of steam cleaning machines on hard wood products, use at your own risk.
  14. Toys and tools can scratch the finishes, scratches and dents are jobsite related, not warrantable.
  15. Painters tape can remove the finish from the floors.


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