Hardwood floor care


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The Hardwood and Laminate Flooring Industry is experiencing tremendous growth, and homeowners are searching desperately for innovative, effective and easy ways to properly maintain these new hi-tech floors. Laminate Flooring, manufactured by well known companies such as Wilsonart, Manington, Armstrong, Pergo, Bruce, Mohawk & Shaw are quickly becoming household names.

Mannington hardwood flooring care tips

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly, since built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of hardwood. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head.
  • Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by Mannington.
  • Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. This can severely damage the flooring.
  • The use of Mannington maintenance and floor-care products is highly recommended.
  • Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, tung oil or ammonia.
  • Keep pets nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil and stains.
  • Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects.
  • Make certain furniture casters and floor protectors are clean and operate properly minimum of 1" continuous width is recommended).
  • Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor.

Somerset hardwood flooring tips

IMPORTANT: Wood and Water Don’t Mix
Never allow water (or other liquids) to stand on a hardwood floor for any length of time. Also, don't ever pour water on your floor—it can cause damage to the wood's structure and to the finish.
Relative humidity is also water, and maintaining a range of 30%-50% relative humidity will contribute to the satisfactory performance of your flooring. If relative humidity is allowed to become too dry or too wet, various problems may result, such as small splits/cracks, cupping, gapping, etc. [30-50% is consistent with NWFA docs and our SHF installation guidelines]
Steam mops use water vapor under pressure, and we cannot recommend them for that reason. Water causes wood to swell, resulting in raised edges, possible finish peeling, etc. We recommend using Somerset's specially-formulated Ultimate Cleaner. We also make available a Mop Kit and replacement mop heads to make cleanup easy.

Mohawk hardwood flooring preventive damage tips

  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains.
  • Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Bella cera hardwood flooring care tips

  • Use mats outside and inside entrances to prevent sand and abrasives build-up on your hardwood floor. Avoid rubber or other dense mat backings that prevent airflow beneath rugs and retain abrasives and humidity.
  • Use mats near sink, dishwasher and workstations to protect floor from cooking utensils, water spills, detergents, oils and other kitchen mishaps.
  • Stick felt pads under any furniture or chair legs to ease movement and prevent scratches on the wood floor. Keep pads clean at all times and regularly check for signs of wear.

Homerwood hardwood flooring care tips

  • Vacuum often
  • Dust mop to keep grit and abrasives off the floor
  • Blot up spills immediately to protect your floor from water damage
  • Use soft protectors on chairs and furniture
  • Never pour cleaner directly on your floor