What do we do AFTER our hardwood floors are refinished?

Let’s protect your investment! Your floors look brand new, now what?

There are a handful of things you can do to keep your wood floors looking new.

​First, let’s control the temperature and humidity of the home. Doing this will help you avoid excess gaps between the floorboards, along with any type of cupping (where the sides of the boards are raised or higher) or crowning (where the center of the board is raised or higher) of your floors Your wood floors are most comfortable with the temperatures between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit with the relative humidity between 30-50%. Having some type of humidity control system, like Aprilaire will help immensely. Wood is hygroscopic, meaning it will hold and release moisture, given the opportunity. Controlling the temperature and humidity will help these issue, but they are not necessary. Most older homes we work in do not have any type of humidity control.

Take those shoes off! Any type of debris can be tracked in the home, from the bottom of your shoes, like small pebbles/stones, salt in the wintertime etc, all which will scratch/damage your floors over time. Sweeping the floors often will also keep these contaminants off your wood floors and inhibit scratching.

​Vacuum often and use mats in front of all entrances to wipe those shoes, if you did not listen to our recommendation above.

Do not wet mop or use steam mops on your wood floors. Both will introduce and force too much water into your wood floors, which will shorten the life of your wood floors and create a dull looking finish.

​Use felt pads on any furniture that moves. We like the felt pads over the hard plastic as they will scratch your floor less. We also like the felt pad that are hammered into the furniture as opposed to the ones with the adhesives.

Clean up spill immediately! Water and wood don’t mix, the longer the liquid sits on the wood, the more potential damage it can do. Remember, like we said, wood is hygroscopic and will absorb this moisture into the wood, creating further issues.

​Put those high heeled shoes away! Each step will almost guarantee a dent in your wood floors, putting 2000lbs/sq inch with each step, even on the hardest woods.

​Do not drag anything across the wood floors. This is our most common call back. Lift and place everything, when in doubt use a furniture dolly.

Do not use any cleaners that say “polish”. Most of these contain wax or silicone and will make doing maintenance coats more difficult in the future. Some examples are “Orange Glo” and “Bona Polish”. These “cleaners” can also make the floors sticky over time and will attract dirt and debris that is more difficult to remove in the future.

​Is your head spinning?… it’s ok… live your life, all wood floors will scratch and dent, the beauty is they can be maintained either by having us come in every few years and applying an additional coat of finish, also know as a Screen and Re-coat, which will get rid of a lot of surface scratching and even the sheen level out, or if you waited too long, where the finish is compromised and eventually discolors the wood, we can sand and refinish them again and make them look perfect. The beauty of wood floors is that they are renewable and can be sanded and refinished multiple times.