WHY HARDWOOD FLOORS
Your floors do more than reflect your style; they set the stage for everything else in your home. Hardwood floors add a beautiful, elegant, natural element to any home. Wood has always been a popular choice for flooring. Advances in technology have led to hardwood floors looking better, lasting longer, and is easier to care for than ever.
Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors
Water and Spills
Wipe up food and other spills right away, using a dampened wet cloth. Standing water can warp a poorly finished hardwood floor and can damage the finish. Simply wipe up all spills as they happen.
Vacuum regularly, as often as you vacuum carpets, or when you notice that your floors are dirty. Walking on dusty or dirty floor is the surest way to damage a finish. Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the best way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.
Sweeping with a soft bristle broom or a Bona® Hardwood Floor Mop is great for collecting dust, dirt, and pet hair from your floors, and it is also less abrasive than a vacuum cleaner.
All hardwood floors, regardless of what type of finish, must be maintained properly to keep the beauty long lasting. Before addressing the "dos and don'ts" of hardwood floor cleaning, let's look at some quick ways to not only protect your investment but help preserve your floor's newly-installed appearance:
Place breathable, dirt-catching rugs at all room entrances and high traffic areas.
Do not use rugs with rubber or other non-porous backings.
Use felt pads under furniture legs.
When moving furniture, lift it rather than dragging or pushing it.
Never use oil soap, wax-based products, or household cleaners containing lemon oil, tung oil, or ammonia.
Wipe spills immediately with soft lightly damp cloth, following up with cleaning solution and/or a dry soft cloth.
Prevent UV fading by installing curtains or blinds, or applying window tint to block direct sunlight.
Avoid walking on hardwood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels.
Keep pets claws trimmed.