First two weeks:
The maintenance is the key to lasting beauty of your wood flooring. However, cleaning the wood floor is no more effort than vacuuming carpet or mopping vinyl. And wood floors don’t need to be shampooed periodically.
For the first two weeks floor is still curing, so:
- Be gentle when moving back furniture.
- Install proper felt protectors under ALL furniture.
- Wait with replacing area rugs.
- Avoid using water or any cleaner during this period.
- Avoid heavy traffic.
Long term maintenance:
According to Oak Flooring Institute, “a good rule of thumb is to vacuum or dust weekly.” After vacuuming or dusting, use recommended flooring cleaner for spills and general cleanup on floors which have non-waxed polyurethane or Swedish finish.
- Never wet-mop a wood floor. Water and wood do not mix well together. Use recommended flooring cleaner.
- Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a dry or slightly dampened towel (wipe dry).
- Keep high heels in good repairs. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor.
- Using a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with a furnace or air conditioning system to maintain relative humidity in the home at 35-50% will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimize cracks between the boards.
- Put felt or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. Place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink and stove. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently.
- When moving heavy furniture, protect wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth or blanket under the legs.
- Do not use wax, oil soap, pledge or other household cleaners.
- Finally, urethane finishes eventually will show wear patterns from surface scratching. When high traffic area begin to look dull it is time to recoat or restore the finish.