HARDWOOD FLOORING CARE AND CLEANING TIPS
Floor Care & Maintenance Guidelines
- DO NOT CLEAN WITH EXCESSIVE WATER, CHEMICALS OR STEAM. This may permanently damage the floor. We recommend using BONA Cleaner or water with a couple drops of dish detergent, in a spray bottle, applied with a dry mop.
- NEVER USE ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, bleaches, polishes, oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic material such as vinegar.
- Vaccuum, sweep or dust mop your floor once a week or more if needed. The vacuum head must be brush or felt, and a want attachment is preferred. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. Fine particles of grit and dirt can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
- Spills and tracked in dirt should be wiped up immediately.
- Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, and at all pivot points within high traffic areas. Don’t use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. The rugs must be of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
- Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the floor.
- Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and/or UV resistant film on large glass doors and windows. Move area rugs occasionally as they block sunlight and may give the appearance of discoloring under the rug.
- Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches.
- Do not roll or slide heavy objects directly upon the floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it. Carpet or cardboard is not adequate to prevent surface compressions scratches.
- Use floor protectors or protective caster/caster cups on the legs of furniture to prevent damage to the flooring. Make certain to keep them clean and well maintained. Felt and rubber tend to work the best.
- Keep the relative humidity in your home between 30% and 50%. NEVER turn air off for an extended period of time.