With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and
finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular
maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle
broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor
includes a beveled edge that could collect debris.
Charlottesville Hardwood Flooring recommends the use of the
Bona X Swedish
Formula Hard Surface Floor Care System to care for your hardwood
flooring. This product has been proven over the years by all our
customers, and is especially formulated for the care of all type of
Bona is the cleaning
product recommended by Charlottesville Hardwood
Learn more by
clicking the image to go to Bona's web site.
There are other steps you can take to minimize
maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.
Do not use sheet vinyl or
tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic
waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs both
inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other
debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will
prevent scratching. Avoid rubber backed rugs as they can damage
the floor surface.
- Do not wet-mop a wood
floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and
leave a discoloring residue.
- Wipe up spills
immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Do not over-wax a wood
floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax
buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by
applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
- Put soft plastic or
fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent
scuffing and scratching.
- Avoid walking on your
wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A
125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000
pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to
8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any
- When moving heavy
furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick
up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
- For wood flooring in
the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
- Use a humidifier
throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks.
Renewal & Repairs
Unlike most other floor covering options, wood
is very forgiving. Most problems can be prevented with proper
maintenance, but when problems do occur, renewal and repair usually
is possible. For renewing and repairing stains and scratches on any
wood floor, always begin at the outer edge of the stain or scratch
and work toward the middle.
Surface Finished Floors:
Chewing Gum, Crayon,
Candle Wax -Apply a plastic bag filled with ice on top
of the stain until it is brittle enough to crumble off. Clean the
area with a product made for urethane finishes.
Cigarette Burns - Most common burns can be
treated with a touch-up kit made for urethane finishes. Rub with
sandpaper, stain and refinish. For burns that reach deep into the
wood, individual plank or parquet boards may need to be replaced.
Food, Water, Dark Spots,
Dog Spots - Use a cleaner developed specifically for
urethane finishes to remove the spot or stain. More stubborn spots
may require additional scrubbing with the cleaner and a wood
flooring scrub pad made for urethane floors.
Oil, Grease Stains
Rub the area with a cleaner developed for urethane.
Repair with a touch-up kit made
for urethane finishes available from any wood flooring retailer.