Engineered Wood Maintenance
Engineered Hardwood Floors are very easily maintained. No wax, no mess. Simply use a cleaner made for use with urethane coated hardwood floors and a terry cloth flooring mop.
STEP ONE: Sweep your floor to remove any particles that could scratch your floor.
Warning: Vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head can damage a wood floor and never should be used.
STEP TWO: Apply hardwood surface cleaner directly to the terry cloth flooring mop, instead of the floor!
STEP THREE: Use a back and forth motion with the mop. When the terry cloth cover becomes soiled, simply replace it with a clean one. Cleaning the floor with a soiled cover could cause streaking. The covers are re-usable, so wash and dry the covers periodically as you would a normal towel.
Tips & Warnings:
· Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level (35 – 60 %) throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
I. Heating Season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
II. Non Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier, or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity levels during summer months.
· Sweep regularly.
· Remove spills promptly using wood flooring cleaner and a clean white cloth.
· Use felt protectors under heavy pieces of furniture and chairs.
· Use protective mats at all exterior entrances.
· Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage your floor.
· Never wet or damp mop your wood floors. Water can cause damage to wood flooring.
· Never use oil soaps, wax, abrasive cleaners, steel wool or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type products to clean your floor.
· The sun's UV rays can change the color of your floor.
· Keep animal nails trimmed.
· Protect your floor with a 1/4" piece of plywood or Masonite when using a dolly for moving furniture or appliances. Never slide or roll heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.
· If your floor becomes scratched or dull, repairs can often be made using repair accessories.