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How should I clean my hardwood floor?

     The most important thing to do is vacuum and dust mop regularly and as often as necessary. For some families and most businesses, this may mean every day. Don’t damp mop on a weekly schedule as this will cause the finish to wear faster . Damp mop only as needed when the floor is dirty. Even then, cleaning on a spot basis will suffice. When you do need to clean the floor, we recommend water and vinegar and a lightly damp mop. You should not use anything that leaves a residue. Even the products that spray on a mop have silicones that can interfere with the finish and oil soaps can cause intercoat adhesion problems.

Preventative Maintenance

     Preventative maintenance is a term more common to industry than to residential or office floor care, but its importance can not be over-emphasized. Good preventative maintenance lengthens the intervals between major renovation operations such as re-coating, re-waxing and refinishing.

Here are some basic rules that apply to all types of floor finishes.

  • Use entry mats at all exterior doors to help prevent dirt, grit and sand from getting inside the building. Throw rugs or small sections of carpet just inside the entrances are also recommended. Keep door mats clean to prevent spill over.

  • In kitchens, use area rugs at high spill locations and at workstations. (stove, sink, refrigerator) Cotton is generally the best fabric since it is easily washed. Mats with a smooth backing (i.e. rubber or vinyl) may trap water beneath.

  • Finishes and certain chemicals in wood oxidize and are affected by ultra violet sources, causing the wood and finish to change color and develop a patina or age. To avoid uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape or shade large windows.

  • Put fabric glides on the legs of your furniture; they allow furniture to be moved easily without scuffing the floor. Clean the glides regularly since grit can become embedded in them. Some furniture may require barrel-type roller casters as ball-type casters may cause damage. Grey, non-marking rubber casters are the best. Avoid casters made of hard materials like metals or hard plastics.

  • Vacuum regularly, as often as you vacuum carpets; a brush attachment works beautifully. Sweep or use a dust mop daily or as needed, but do not use a household dust treatment as this may cause your floor to become slick, dull the finish, or interfere with re-coating.

  • Wipe up food and other spills promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel. Use a slightly moistened cloth for sticky spills if necessary. Then wipe the floor dry with another cloth or paper towel.

  • Keep heels in good repair, especially high heels. Heels that have their protective cap missing or worn away exposing the steel support rod will dent ANY floor surface, even concrete.

  I have a new house. We have 2¼" strip hardwood floors throughout, and this winter we had numerous cracks. Some of the cracks are so large you can stand a quarter up in them. what do I do with my unsighlty floors? I know some cracks may form in the winter, but these seem excessive. What is the standard to determine if the crack is too wide?

     First, there is no standard for determining if a crack of a particular size is not acceptable or excessive. Cracks are considered “normal cracks” if they close during the humid season of the year. If the cracks close, the natural wood product is simply absorbing the environmental moisture available, expanding and filling the gap.

     To prevent unsightly normal cracks, the environment must be modified to minimize the difference between “Humid” and “Dry” seasons. De-humidification above and below the flooring in the summer may be necessary; conversely, humidification during winter heating may also be required.

     Permanent cracks may be filled with an appropriate filler and/or recoating the flooring. This should generally be done during the Spring or Fall when conditions are not extreme and more average. For much of the USA, October and April are the preferred months for remedial action.