You’ve spent time, energy and money picking out the perfect floor for your space, and now you want to make sure you can protect it. You want that new floor feeling to last as long as possible. You want to know (not guess, KNOW) beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are doing the right thing to maintain and preserve your investment.
So now you ask the question that has kept you awake at night, tossing and turning in the anguish of not knowing: “How, so am I supposed to clean and maintain my precious new floor?!”
I admit- perhaps you are slightly less dramatic than I am. Maybe you’ve only lost a bit of sleep due to mild rustling. What’s important is that we have collected a number of best practices with the intention of keeping both you and your floor happy.
Regular cleaning of your floor is actually one of the best things you can do for it. Walking on dust and debris can actually act like sandpaper causing accelerated wear and tear on your floor. We recommend the following:
• Sweep and vacuum regularly to keep the floor free of excess debris. When using a vacuum, make sure to turn off the rotating brush or beater bar to prevent scratches to your floor.
• Don’t use steam mops. Steam mops use lots of heat and lots of water to clean. Neither of those things is good for your hardwood floor. The heat can damage your finish and excess moisture can lead to cupping and warping of the planks.
• Use a recommended hardwood flooring cleaner. Hardwood flooring cleaners are designed to give you the maximum bang for your buck without causing build up or using chemicals that will damage your finish and potentially void your warranty. We recommend Impressions Flooring Cleaning Kit for Hardwood, Luxury Vinyl, and Rigid Core Waterproof flooring.
• Don’t use cleaners designed for other surfaces. Furniture polish, waxes and oil soaps will build up on your floor and trap dirt and debris. Ammonia or vinegar and water solutions will break down the finish on your floor.
In addition to cleaning your floor properly, there are a few extra precautions you can do to extend the life of your floor and preserve its value for years to come. Here are a few tips to keep your floor looking its best.
• Use furniture pads. Placing felt pads or glides on the legs of furniture can help prevent indentations, scratches, and gouges in your floor. This is especially important on heavy items or furniture that is frequently moved like chairs or stools.
• Keep pets’ nails trimmed. We all love our pets, and for good reason. They can help reduce depression, keep us active, and wear adorable little sweaters (if you are into that sort of thing). That said, pets’ nails can damage your floors. Keeping them trimmed will not only help preserve the life of your floor, but can keep your pet happy as well.
• Use mats and rug pads. Placing mats at entrances is an easy way to lessen dirt and debris from coming in to your space. If you choose to use a rug, we recommend using a felt rug pad to protect the finish of your floor. Rubber and latex rug pads may discolor the floor.
• Maintain the temperature. Most floors last longer and perform better in the sweet spot range between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity between 30 and 50%. Closing blinds or curtains to avoid direct sunlight can help mitigate discoloration, expansion, contraction, and buckling.
Routine cleaning and proper maintenance are the keys to adding years of enjoyment of your floors.
For additional information concerning your floors, please visit our frequently asked questions. You can also request 3 free samples of any of our flooring products, find local retailers, or contact our team of flooring experts to answer your lingering questions.