Floor Care

Your floors worst enemies are water, wax & dirt or grit.  Don’t use a wet mop or commercial soaps.  All you need is a damp cloth, or use floor care products recommended by the manufacturer.  Vacuum regularly.

How to clean your wood floors:

  1. Mix some white vinegar with warm water.
  2. Use a Swifter type flat head mop.
  3. Wring out the mop well, before using on the floor, use only a slightly dampened mop.
  4. Use a small rag with some washing liquid directly on more stubborn greasy spots, if required.

Hardwood floors can be cared for with minimal effort.

Never use a soaking wet mop, use only a damp cloth or slightly dampened mop.

We recommend a Swifter type flat head mop.

Use only manufacturer recommended cleaning products, or for example Bona cleaning products (available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, or online).

Very simply, we actually recommend warm water with a little white vinegar to clean your floor.

Never use bleach.  Never use wax based products on a polyurethane floor.  Never use Murphys Oil.

Never let water puddle on the floor.

Tips to maintain the beauty of your floors:

  1. Vacuum regularly.
  2. Place mats and throw rugs at doorway exteriors and interiors to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.
  3. Never wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
  4. Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
  5. Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
  6. Keep temperature constant year round.
  7. Keep humidity at around 35% if possible.
  8. Remember that cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor surface. When a 125 pound woman takes a step in high heels she exerts 2,000 psi (pounds per square inch). An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 psi.
  9. When moving heavy furniture, completely pick up the furniture and carry, rather than slide, to best protect the wood flooring.
  10. For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
  11. Use a humidifier in the home throughout the winter months to keep all wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
  12. Never use linoleum or tile floor care products on wood floors.  Self polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and refinish the floor.
  13. Never use waxed based products on a polyurethane floor.
  14. Never use petroleum based cleaners on a water based finish.
  15. Do not over-wax a wood floor.  If the floor dulls, try buffing instead.  Avoid wax build-up under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
  16. When the floor begins to lose its luster, you should contact us to refinish your floor & restore it to its original beauty.