Hardwood Floor Care and Maintenance
Your hardwood floor is a natural product, which will give many years of service. As with any product it must however, be properly cared for. Your new hardwood flooring will mellow and improve with age.
The purpose of this section is to provide you with the helpful instructions for looking after your hardwood floor.
Like all floor coverings, your hardwood floor must be regularly cleaned and maintained in accordance with certain basic recommendations. It is a natural product and therefore can be vulnerable to misuse.. The most important thing to remember is to avoid excessive moisture.
Gravel, dirt and grit and sharp objects are the enemy of any hardwood floor. All manufacturers recommend an effective doormat both outside and inside your front door, to stop trafficking in dirt and grit. Upon purchasing a hardwood floor, customers tend not to walk on their new floor in "outside" shoes for the above reasons. Although a hardwood finish is tough and durable, to minimise scratches it is recommended that shoes that may have grit and dirt embedded in the soles are exchanged for indoor shoes or slippers, and boisterous behavior by dogs with uncut claws is discouraged. Stiletto heels will damage hardwood flooring, if heel pads are worn or missing.
Seasonal variations in room temperature and humidity may cause natural wooden flooring to shrink or move slightly during the course of its long life. Most of such movement will occur within the first few months after installation as the pre-conditioned timber adjusts to your own room's temperatures and humidity. This helps create the traditional appearance characteristic of hard wood flooring.