Maintenance

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Flooring Maintenance and Care

You’ll find a few easy maintenance tips below that will help you appreciate the beauty of your hardwood floor longer.

Hardwood

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly so abrasive dirt won’t scratch the finish.
  • Wipe up any spilled liquid quickly from your floor.
  • Watch out for high heels and some kinds of sports footwear, particularly if they’re worn or damaged. Only water and sand are worse enemies of hardwood floors than high heel shoes. In fact, high heels can damage any floor covering-even cement.
  • Put mats outside and inside entrances. This will prevent the build-up of sand and dirt on the floor.
  • Put mats in front of the kitchen sink, the dishwasher, and all kitchen work stations to protect your floor from kitchen mishaps like dropped utensils and spills of water, detergent, and food.
  • Avoid mats with rubber or other dense backing that prevent airflow and trap abrasive dirt and moisture.
  • Attach felt pads (FeltacTM or others) to the feet of all furniture to make it easier to move and prevent scratches. Keep the pads clean and replace if damaged.
  • Replace plastic casters with wide rubber or soft polyurethane casters.
  • Protect the floor when moving furniture. Use a mat turned upside down with a slightly smaller piece of plywood on top of it. Place furniture on top and slide it.
  • Maintain humidity levels between 40 and 50%, for your own health as well as for the protection of your floor and wooden furniture.
  • Avoid exposing your floor to sunlight and intense artificial light, which can cause wood to change colour. This is a completely normal and natural phenomenon. The lighter the wood, the more pronounced the change will be.
  • Move your carpets and furniture occasionally and use a minimum number of light sources to keep colour changes uniform. Note: colour change is not caused by the yellowing of the finish; it is a natural change of the wood’s colour.

Things to Avoid

  • Do not pour cleaner
  • Do not use a wet mop that can leave excess water behind.
  • Never use floor wax, oil-based detergent, or any other household cleaner on your floor. These products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film that makes your floor slippery, difficult to maintain, and impossible to refinish without deep sanding and complete revarnishing.
  • For hardwood floors laid over a subfloor with a radiant heating system, do not raise or lower the temperature by more than 2.8°C (5°F) per day when turning the system on or off.

Laminate

Follow these easy maintenance tips, and spend years enjoying your laminate floor and its original shine:

  • Dust-mop (with a non-treated, clean mop) or vacuum regularly to remove loose soil and fine dust particles that can scratch finished floors.
  • Wipe up spills quickly with cloth or sponge.
    • Clean as required with the manufacturer approved Floor Cleaner.
    • Use only recommended maintenance products on your laminate floor.
  • Never use wet mops, highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, non-recommended commercial cleaners or polishes, treated mop that has been used to clean other floors or furniture.
  • Place felt floor-protector pads on furniture feet and protect your floor from hard castors on moveable furniture.
  • High heels and pet nails can cause permanent indentation in floor surfaces. Use caution when wearing high heels, and keep pets’ nails trimmed.
  • Seventy to 80% of dirt on the floors in your home is tracked in from the outside. One square yard of matting can capture one pound of soil. Use entry-way (non-skid, cotton) mats to capture tracked-in dirt and soil, and clean them regularly. Rubber or fibre-backed mats may stain or scratch floor finish.
  • To help minimize expansion and contraction, use a humidifier or dehumidifier to maintain an even level of humidity. The recommended humidity range for most laminate floors is 30% to 60%.

Leather

  • Simply vacuum or sweep your leather floor once a week or as needed.
  • Wipe up spills quickly with cloth or sponge.
  • Dust-mop (with a non-treated, clean mop) or vacuum regularly to remove loose soil and fine dust particles that can scratch the finished of leather floors.
  • Never use wet mops, highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, non-recommended commercial cleaners or polishes, treated mop that has been used to clean other floors or furniture.
  • Place felt floor-protector pads on furniture feet and protect your leather floor from hard castors on moveable furniture.
  • When it comes to maintenance, leather is usually very easy to take care of. On a weekly basis, you can care for your leather flooring by using a vacuum cleaner which has a soft bristle brush.
  • Every month or so, you should be able to mop the leather floors using distilled water, especially in areas where there are high levels of activity. In case of spills, you should blot spills immediately and try not to wipe them off.

 

Cleaning Full Grain Leather Flooring

This type of leather is relatively easy to care for. The things that you should not use in caring for this type of leather are strong cleaners and detergents, wax or oil-based substances and leather polish. All these materials are believed to be sealants to the leather surface which inhibits leather’s ability to breathe. Under normal conditions, cleaning Full Grain Leather with a cool, damp cloth will suffice.

Cleaning Finished Leather Flooring

The most popular kind of leather is finished leather which is widely known for its smooth and silky texture. The protective finish that comes with this leather makes it highly appropriate to be used in areas where there is a high level of activity. For a more thorough cleaning, you can use a pH balanced soap.

Caring for Naked Leather Flooring

The most natural kind of leather is naked leather because it doesn’t have any sealants or protective coverings. With this in mind, there are no protective barriers whatsoever. In cleaning this kind of leather, you can do so using a clean cloth and cool water.

Cleaning Grain Sueded Leather Flooring

Dry brushing this kind of leather is the easiest way of caring for this kind of leather. Spillage is not a problem because the spill will eventually roll and dry up. But, you have to keep in mind that excessive spills need to be blotted off immediately.

Caring for Textured Sueded Leather Flooring

Since this style is more or less the same as Grain Sueded Leather, the same care should be used. Additional care for this type of leather flooring might require you to use scotch-brite when brushing the surface and vacuuming to remove debris.

Removing Ink Stains from Leather Flooring

Leather is not resistant to ink stains. If this accident occurs, it is better to use ink stain removers to counter the problem. The usual process used is to take a cotton swab, put some ink stain remover on it and lightly rub it into the leather.