Elegant Floors recommends that you maintain proper maintenance and floor care to ensure long-lasting beauty of your wood floors.
Keep out Dirt & Grit: Dirt, grit and sand act like sandpaper on the finish causing scratches and dents. To minimize damage, place floor mats in entryway. Don’t forget to shake out the mats regularly.
Water and spills: Standing water or any liquid can warp finished hardwood floor and can damage the finish. Simply wipe up all spills as they happen. Also, place floor mats on areas where water may be splashed, such as near kitchen sinks.
Avoid the hard stuff: Avoid oil-based soaps as they can build up residues and create problems when it’s time to put a maintenance coat on the floor. Instead use neutral pH cleaners made specifically for wood floors.
Lift Heavy: Lift the furniture to move it --- avoid dragging. Felt contacts under the legs helps prevent scratches.
Dents: Traditional vacuums with beater bars can cause dents in your floor - vacuum with a brush attachment instead or purchase a vacuum especially made for hardwood floors.
Sun: Direct sun can discolor your hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect from the sun’s intense UV rays.
Tread Carefully: Be cautious of sharp objects that may scratch or damage the floor. For example, Stiletto heels can cause dents and scratches that are not covered by your warranty. Also, by all means, let your pets in your home, but regularly trim their nails or claws to avoid scratches on the hardwood floor.
Sweep: It is best to use brooms with fine, exploded ends to trap dust and grit effectively.
Vacuum: Purchase a canister vacuum with special bare floor attachments to get rid of all dirt and dust.
Dust Mop: Use a good dust mop --- one with a 12- to 18- inch cotton head ---- and a special dust mop treatment. Spray the treatment onto the mop head 12 to 24 hours before dust mopping.
The regular floor cleaning and periodic professional maintenance of your hardwood flooring will insure a home and lifestyle of beauty and comfort for years to come.