• Put mats at all entry doors and sinks.
    • The legs of all furniture and chairs should have non-staining felt pads or non-pigmented floor protectors on them. This is an easy way to catch dirt and avoid scratching your floor.
    • Area rugs are recommended in high traffic areas.
    • Felt rug pads are recommended under all area rugs.
    • Use a reliable brand name hardwood cleaner, preferably one that makes hardwood flooring.
    • Use a vacuum cleaner with the beater bar disengaged.


    • Don’t use oil soaps, waxes, or furniture polishes. This will create a build up on your floors that will actually hold dirt rather than giving the look and feel of a clean floor. 

    • Don’t use vinegar and water or ammonia-based products. These products break down the floor’s finish and will eventually damage it to the point where it will have to be refinished. 

    • Don’t use steam mops. A steam mop pushes water down into the floor which can cause bubbles in the finish. 

    • Don’t run your vacuum cleaner with the beater bar turning on your floors. Keep dust, dirt, and debris off of the floor because it acts as sandpaper when walked on. 



    FACT   Before you install your new hardwood floors, take time to safe guard your home against moisture that can cause swelling, cupping, or buckling. Also, remembering that levels of your home that are below grade are more susceptible to moisture fluctuations. For these areas, it is recommended to use engineered hardwoods because they are more stable than solid hardwoods. 

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