Daily:Dust Mop with microfiber cloth or sweep with nylon bristle broom
Weekly:Vacuum with the bare floor setting (no beater)
Monthly:If necessary, clean with recommended wood flooring cleaner-we prefer a white
vinegar and water mix (2 caps to 1 quart of water). Lightly mist microfiber mop head (not floor).
Every 3-5 Years:Maintenance coat (aka “screen and re-coat”) (Depends on individual wear and tear).
Every Few Decades:Sand and refinish
There are other steps that can help maintain the beauty of wood floors:
•DO NOT WET MOP OR STEAM MOP A WOOD FLOOR. Water and steam can dull the finish, break down the finish and damage the wood.
•Do Not use cleaning products intended for vinyl or tile. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause the wood to become slippery and appear dull very quickly.
•Do Not use Wet Swiffers or cleaning products such as Mop n Glo, Spic N Span, Dawn detergent, Murphy’s Oil Soap, etc.
•Never WAX the floor.
•Your hardwood ﬂoors will need vacuuming or sweeping regularly, preferably daily, to remove dust and grit that ﬁnds its way into your home. Walking on dusty, dirty ﬂoors is the fastest way to damage your ﬁnish.
•Don’t use vacuums with rotating power heads as they will damage your ﬂoor. Instead, vacuum with a soft bristle brush attachment or sweep with a soft nylon bristle broom.
•Shake out all of your mats and area rugs regularly and check the felt pads under your furniture to ensure no grit is lodged there.
•Place small area rugs by entrance doors, inside and outside.
•Never drag furniture across the floor.
•Place felt pads under all legs/feet of furniture. Felt or felt/rubber mats are recommended for area rugs. Felt pads should be checked and replaced periodically as needed.
•Keep pet nails trimmed (There is no finish that is scratch-proof).