Caring for Your Hardwood Flooors
Wood is a natural product that responds and reacts to its environment. Your floor will lose or gain moisture from the air until it reaches its equilibrium with that air. That being said, in dry months when heating systems are being used, it is common for wood floors to shrink which will result in gaps in your floor. In wet conditions such as summer months when the humidity is higher wood will swell which could result in pops or creaks in your floors. This is a normal reaction in wood floors and will occur season to season. You can minimize these changes by keeping your home between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and 30-50% humidity year round.
Maintenance Do's and Don'ts
Wood floor maintenance is easy. Routine cleaning involves sweeping, dust mopping, or vacuuming (using the bare floor setting on your vacuum) to remove dust and dirt. Spills should be cleaned immediately and wiped with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Do not use a wet mop or steam mop on your floors as they can damage the finish and wood over time.
To help prevent scratching, place breathable throw rugs at all entrances, use felt pads on the bottom of all furniture, and avoid walking and/or throwing dance parties in sports cleats or high heels. Designated hardwood floor CLEANERS should be used periodically. Never use any product that contains polish or waxes. Your floors can and will get scratched. If you have a dog, their nails should be properly trimmed to prevent unnecessary scratching.
Once your floors are refinished, you will live on them for 7-10 years. After that, you will more than likely need a maintenance coat.
Every 3-5 years: Maintenance coat may be required
15+ years or as needed: Sand and refinish