After the tools are packed, furniture put back in place and the crew is out the door, what do I do next? Well other than enjoy your new space, its time to do a deep clean and get life back in the swing of things. Try to follow these guidelines to ensure long life of your new investment.
1. Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to keep it clean and free of dust, sand and other abrasive materials.
Use a dust mop, soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with suction only (no beater bar or with the beater bar disengaged). Place area rugs or doormats at entryways to help prevent sand, grit, oils, dirt and other abrasive materials from being tracked onto the floor surface from outdoors.
2. Protect the floor from any exposure to liquids, water and other forms of moisture.
Under no circumstances allow liquid to remain on the floor for a long time as it can cause permanent damage to the finish and/or structure. Place protective mats at high-use work areas such as sinks, ranges, service counters and workstations. Blot up any spilled food, drink or other liquid immediately and never wet mop the floor when cleaning. Avoid walking on the floor with wet feet or shoes. Always avoid mopping with water and dry up any water spills immediately. It's important to note that damage caused by flooding, broken pipes, wet mopping or any other exposure to liquid/moisture is not covered by the product warranty.
3. Avoid cleaning machines like spray mops, steam cleaners or power cleaners.
Applying cleaner directly to the surface of the hardwood can cause staining—lightly spray it on a cleaning cloth or damp mop instead. A quality hardwood floor cleaner is recommended for monthly deep cleans.
4. Ensure that environmental conditions are maintained with a temperature of 65-75°F (18-24°C) and humidity at 35-55% at all times.
Hardwood flooring reacts to changes in the environment. Problems resulting from exposure to improper environmental conditions are not covered by the product warranty.
5. Avoid letting sharp or pointed objects come into contact with the floor surface.
Put felt protector pads on the feet of all furniture, display stands, file cabinets and other accessories that will be placed directly onto the floor surface. Inspect regularly for wear and replace as necessary.
Enjoy your new floors but do keep these tips in mind to protect your new investment.