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The Education Centre:Maintenance Advice

General Maintenance
Every floor occasionally needs some maintenance to keep it looking as good new. A well looked after floor will serve you better in the long term, as good preventative maintenance will lengthen the intervals between major floor renovation operations such as re-coating, re-waxing and refinishing.

Here are some basic rules that apply to all types of floor finish:

  • Keep grit off the floor. Use mats at all exterior doors to help prevent dirt, grit and sand from getting inside the building.
  • Rugs or small sections of carpet just inside the entrances are also recommended. Dirt and grit is any flooring’s worst enemy, and that includes carpets and vinyl as well as hardwoods. Keep your door mats clean.
  • Finishes and certain chemicals in wood oxidize and are affected by ultra violet light sources. This may cause the wood and the finish to change colour and develop a patina or aged appearance. To avoid uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape or shade large windows.
  • Put felt pads on the legs of your furniture; they allow furniture to be moved easily without scratching the floor. Remember to clean the pads regularly. Grit can become embedded in them. Some furniture may require barrel type roller coasters as ball type casters may cause damage. Grey, non-marking rubber casters are the best. Avoid casters made of hard materials like metals or hard plastics.
  • Make sure you vacuum regularly, as often as you would vacuum carpet, if not more often. A brush attachment works beautifully.
  • Sweep or use a dust mop daily or as needed, but do not use a household dusting treatment sprays as this may cause your floor to become slick, dull the finish, or interfere with re-coating.
  • Wipe up food and other spills promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel. Use a slightly moistened cloth for sticky spills if necessary. Then wipe the floor dry with another cloth or paper towel.
  • Keep heels on shoes in good repair, especially high heels. Heels that have their protective cap missing or worn away exposing the steel support rod will dent any floor surface, even concrete.

By observing these simple suggestions you’ll go a long way toward keeping your hardwood floors beautiful and making their care easier.