EASY CARE STEPS FOR CLEANING HARDWOOD FLOORS
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your hardwood floor once a week, or more, if needed. The vacuum head must be brush or felt, and a wand attachment is preferable.
- Use interior and exterior doormats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the floor.
- Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high-traffic areas. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
- Place runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) along high-traffic areas.
- Keep animal nails trimmed to prevent finish scratches.
- To prevent surface damage avoid rolling heavy appliances and furniture on the floor. Use plywood hardboard or appliance lifts, if necessary.
- Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
- Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
- Try to protect your floor from direct sunlight.
- Use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps or acidic materials such as vinegar.
- Allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time – wipe up immediately.
- Walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes with heel taps, spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your shoe.
- Allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.
- Use rubber, foam back or plastic mats as they may trap moisture and possibly discolor your floor.
TWF Spot Repair and Maintenance:
Procedure for spot repair: If an individual board is damaged, simply scuff lightly with 220 grit, 3m pad and apply water based finish supplied by Tennessee Wood Flooring. Allow 10 minutes to dry, 4 hours for regular traffic.
Refresh procedure: (Only if necessary) Wipe 220 grit, 3m pad over affected area, clean thoroughly, apply “refresher finish” supplied by Tennessee Wood Flooring with a t-bar applicator.
*Under normal commercial circumstances, this process should not be necessary more than every 5-6 years, if at all.
Keep in mind: The retailer will not have to move merchandise out of the store, as there is no odor to finish. The finish will be dry to the touch in about 10 minutes and ready for traffic in 4 hours. This process is easily done by a maintenance crew, but if using own company maintenance crew is not desired, we can recommend someone to do it for you.
*The life of the flooring will always be subject to the condition it is under. That being said, this process will allow your flooring to look “new” indefinitely.