Maintaining Your Floors
Cleaning Old Country Hardwood Flooring is easy, and inexpensive.
OCHF honours all manufacturer warranties.
Things you’ll need: Terry Cloth, Mop, Vacuum Cleaner, and Professional wood cleaner
Vacuum or sweep as needed to remove dirt and grit prior to cleaning your wood floors. Never use a household dust treatment or furniture polish on your hardwood floors as this may cause your floor to become slick or dull the finish.
Wipe up food or other spills immediately using the manufacturers’ recommended cleaner and a soft cloth. Use a vacuum or broom for dry spills and abrasives.
Use felt protective pads on the legs of your furniture. They allow the furniture to be moved easily without scratching or denting your floor's finish and can also provide a sound deadening barrier. Replace your felt pads as needed.
Keep high heels in good repair. Heels that have worn down or lost their protective cap exposing the steel support rod will dent and pit wood, fracture tiles or stone and perforated vinyl.
Wood and water don’t mix! Never wet-mop a wood floor. Excessive amounts of water can cause your wood floor to swell and cup. Use a slightly damp mop using professional wood cleaning products.
Never place clay potted plants directly in contact with your hard surface flooring, even if they are placed in waterproof saucers. Condensation can develop under these saucers and damage your flooring.
Look for signs of wear in the finish in the high traffic areas before the wear penetrates the wood. You will then be able to re-coat without re-sanding.
Maintain proper humidity in your house. Ideally, the proper humidity on a year- round basis should be 35%. Insufficient humidity will cause the wood to shrink, causing gaps and inconsistencies.
At Old Country Hardwood Floors we pride ourselves on our workmanship and quality. The products we recommend will maintain the beauty and quality of your floors for the long-term.
OCHF recommended Bona cleaning products, available online and at Home Depot and Lowes.
The National Wood Flooring Association is another excellent resource for any cleaning and maintenance questions.