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Hardwood Floors Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance of your hardwood floor will help ensure your floor always looks its best. Simply follow our maintenance and prevention steps outlined below.

Initial Care:

Following installation, clean with hardwood floor cleaner. If the floor was glued down, remove any residual adhesive with the appropriate adhesive remover.

Ongoing Routine Care and Maintenance:

  • 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. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. A hardwood floor swivel-head mop with terry cloth cover is also highly recommended to eliminate finer particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
  • Spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped up immediately. For spot cleaning, apply Minwax Wood Cleaner or hardwood floor cleaner of your choice onto a clean cloth and rub onto the spot.
  • Never apply wax treatments to your urethane-coated hardwood floor.
  • Periodically, as necessary, thoroughly clean the hardwood floor with hardwood floor cleaner using a hardwood floor swivel-head mop with terry clothcover. Spray the floor cleaner directly onto the floor or dampen the swivel-head mop and apply. DO NOT allow excess hardwood floor cleaner to remain on the hardwood floor’s surface. Excess liquid may damage the fiber of the hardwood flooring.
  • Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the hardwood floor.
  • Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high-traffic areas. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
  • Never clean or wet mop with water. Water may permanently damage the floor.
  • Never 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, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar. Many of these products can pit or etch the finish of your hardwood flooring or prevent the proper use of recommended maintenance materials.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches on hardwood flooring.
  • Do not damage your floor with shoes having heel taps or sharp objects protruding from the sole such as rocks, exposed nails and gravel.
  • Avoid walking on wood floors with spike or stiletto-heeled shoes. Spike or stiletto high-heels must be properly maintained to prevent damage from the steel heel support.
  • Do not roll or slide heavy objects directly upon the hardwood floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, consider laying a solid protective covering on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it. Carpet or cardboard is not adequate to prevent surface compression scratches.
  • Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture and make certain to keep them clean and well maintained.
  • Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and UV resistant film on large glass doors and windows.

Quick Fix Tips

Spots caused by food, water or animals

  • Apply hardwood floor cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
  • Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
  • More stubborn spots may require additional cleaning with hardwood floor cleaning wipes, followed by cleaning with Minwax Wood Cleaner Spray.

Grease/Lipstick/Crayon/Ink Spots/Rubber Heel Marks

  • Apply Minwax Wood Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
  • Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
  • If stain remains, rub with a cloth dampened with Minwax Wood Cleaner and follow up by cleaning area with Minwax Wood Cleaner.

Chewing Gum, Candle Wax

  • Apply a sealed plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit on your .
  • Wait until deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off.
  • After deposit has been removed, clean entire area with hardwood floor cleaner.

Chips, broken edges and gaps

  • Blend area with appropriate hardwood floor filler.
BOSTON · Joy Floors · 1320 Dorchester Ave. · Boston, MA 02122 · Phone: 781-535-1614
MEDFORD · Joy Floors · 68 Orchard St. · Medford, MA 02155 · Phone: 617-605-5978