Craftsmen FAQ: Preventative Care for Your Wood Floors

Preventative care

  1. While most food spills will not harm the surface of hardwood floors, it is advisable to promptly wipe them with a dry or damp cloth or paper towels.  The spill should then be cleaned with a recommended hardwood floor cleaner.
  2. Never clean your hardwood floors with water. (Wet-mop)
    • Never use products such as soaps, detergents and oil soaps to clean your hardwood floor.
    • Never use wax or any chemical on the floor.
    • Never use household wood cleaners.
    • Never use petroleum-based cleaners on water-based finishes.
    • Never use a water-based cleaner on wax floors.
    • Never use water-vinegar on waterborne finishes
  3. Place area rugs or mats at doorways and in front of the kitchen sink to help catch dirt, grit and water.  Never use rubber or plastic backed as it may damage your wood floor.  Solid cotton is highly recommend.
  4. Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products for hardwood floor cleaning.
  5. Spiked heels, cleats and work shoes can be damaging to wood floors.  Even a person of average build with spiked heels on can exert 2000 psi. when walking.
  6. Humidity control is highly recommended. To reduce excessive shrinkage in the winter, a humidifier is recommended while air conditioning or a dehumidifier is recommended for the summer.  The relative humidity should be between 35-55%.
  7. To move furniture properly across a hardwood floor it should be picked up, not dragged.
  8. Narrow glides and certain types of casters can damage hardwood floors.  It is recommended to change to the wide type to help prevent damage.
  9. Felt pad protectors are a must for all furniture legs. This will help prevent scratching and dents in all hardwood floors.
  10. Most finishes of hardwood floors should not be waxed or polished.  Please ask a professional or manufacturer.
  11.  Keep pet nails trimmed regularly.  Try to keep animal play on your wood floors to a minimum.
  12. Try to keep potted plants off of your wood floor. This will prevent condensation build up which can damage your floor.
  13. Children’s plastic push toys can scuff the surface of wood floors.  It will help to keep this to a minimum.
  14. Follow a recoat schedule. When floors lose their luster, it’s time for a recoat, or a deep cleaning and refresher.
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