Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Don't make it so hard when you clean and care for your wood floors. Just follow these simple tips and your floors will remain beautiful for years to come. Put away your mop! Wood and water do not mix! Do not wet mop or steam clean your floor. It will cause damage which is not covered under your warranty or insurance.
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When your floor is brand new...
If possible, no dogs for 3 - 5 days. We understand if this is not possible, but please clean up any accidents as soon as possible to prevent issues with the installation or finish on your floor. It will take 7 days for a water-based finish floor to fully cure. It can take up to 30 days for oil-based finishes to fully cure. Dog booties are sold in most pet stores. Creations Hardwoods is not responsible for damages that occur as the result of pet damage.
The floor is most vulnerable during the first 7-14 days following the completion of finishing your floor. Marring, scuffs, scratches, nicks and dings are most likely to happen during this time. Do not lay rugs on the floor for 10-14 days when the floor is fully cured. Be sure to ask your flooring professional what their timeline is for placing rugs or mats.
For the first 14-30 days, use a slightly damp rag to clean up any spills or messes and dry immediately. Never wet mop or steam clean your floor as it will cause damage. Do not use any cleaners or chemicals during this time.
Use felt pads under all furniture, especially the dining room/kitchen chairs. Never drag heavy furniture across your floor. Always be sure to lift and set the furniture in its place.
If you need to roll out the refrigerator now, or in the future, use a thin piece of plywood called Masonite Board. You can purchase this at Lowe's or Home Depot. It is usually sold in 2' x 3' pieces.
After the first 30 days:
On a daily basis, make sure any spills or messes are cleaned up and dried immediately.
Use a dry swifter or microfiber dust mop around the high traffic areas. This will help reduce scratches and other damages caused by debris on your floor. These types of cleaning mops work best if you do not lift them up during the cleaning process. This keeps the dust trapped.
On a weekly basis use a vacuum set to hardwood or no beater bar to get the dirt from the grooves or bevels in your floor. Forget you're cleaning with a robotic vacuum. You can even program it so you don't have to remember every week! Just make sure it is safe for hardwood floors.
About every 3 - 4 weeks, depending on how much traffic you have in your household, we recommend using a product such as Bona, Pallman, or another high quality cleaning product. Spray lightly on the floor and clean with a Swifter or microfiber dust mop.
What not to do to your hardwood floors!
In addition to the information provided above, here are some additional tips on how not to damage your floor.
Cleaning with vinegar, water, harsh chemicals, or steam mops will damage your floor.
Do not use products that have water or oil-based products in them. These include, but are not limited to: Orange Glow, Old English, Murphy's Oil Soap, restoration or rejuvenation products. These products can cause a milky film layer to build up on your floor and it will never evaporate, dissipate, or be cleaned away.
Do not use water or steam mops on your floor. These will damage the finish on your floor and could cause damage to the wood resulting in cupping or gapping - even with only one time of mopping. Wood and water do not mix.