READY FOR ANOTHER 100 YEARS!
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Regular care is the best policy for maintaining wood. Only use cleaning products recommended by the finish manufacturer.
Use a lightly dampened (not wet) mop and/or vacuum for regular weekly cleaning. Only use cleaning products recommended by the finish manufacturer. Never use a scrubbing or scouring pad that may damage or scratch any surface. Use only those cleaning products and pads that are recommended by the finish manufacturer.
Wipe up spills immediately with a lightly dampened cloth, then follow up with a recommended cleaning product. For stubborn stains, lightly dampen a soft cloth with a manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Apply directly to the stain and repeat as necessary.
Keeping a clean surface prevents dust and dirt from scratching and grinding into the finish over time, thus reducing refinishing often in the future. Keep all wood products away from heavy moisture.
PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT
Use felt protector pads on the feet of furniture legs to protect flooring from scratching and denting. If furniture has casters, use non-marking rubber casters instead of metal or plastic casters, which can dent.
Throw rugs and dirt-trapping mats at exterior doors will greatly reduce long-term wear on wood flooring, reducing refinishing/rebuffing and maintaining the beauty of your floor. If using a throw rug or doormat with a rubber or vinyl backing, check to make sure that it does not dull or discolor your floor over time. Some chemicals in rubber and vinyl can react with certain finishes.
FORCE ON YOUR FLOOR
An elephant has a force of 50 to 100 pounds per square inch (psi) on a floor, while a 125-pound woman in high heels has the force of 2,000 psi. That’s 20 times greater than the elephant. Such force can damage any floor, not just hardwood. Exposed nailheads are especially brutal to a floor their 8,000 psi is damaging enough to pulverize hardened concrete.
WHEN TO REFRESH YOUR FINISH
Knowing when your floor needs refreshing is more than just the way it looks and feels, although they are usually the first indicators. Pour a tablespoon or two of water onto the floor. Does the water:
- Bead up so that you can wipe it up without a trace?
Congratulations! Your floor's finish is doing its job!
- Soak into the wood after a few minutes, darkening the floor only slightly?
Don't panic, your floor's finish is only partially worn. Immediate refreshing probably isn't necessary, but keep a close eye on the floor.
- Immediately disappear into the wood leaving a dark spot?
If so your floor's finish is seriously worn and it's probably time to recoat.