Always have an area rug at the entrance to your home to help catch grit that can damage your finish, this time of the year, it doesn’t hurt to have an extra one to catch snow and salt.
When looking at engineered hardwood (real wood with plywood layers) the important thing to look at is the thickness of the top layer of hardwood. The thicker it is, the longer the life of the floor. Thinner veneers can have issues due to expansion and contraction. We usually recommend solid wood when you are able to use solid wood, it has a longer life.
Having a humidifier on your central air system will assist in minimized gaps in your hardwood floor during the heating season.
Keep area rugs with protective backings at entrances to the home to catch debris from shoes. Dust mopping is the most essential maintenance activity to prolong the life of the finish on your floor.
When cleaning your hardwood floors, prefinished or site finished, only use manufacturer or installer recommended cleaning solutions. NEVER use any cleaners with a soapy residue or anything that claims to add shine to your floor. Always apply cleaner to the cloth being used, never directly to the floor. Avoid excessive moisture during cleaning, we do not recommend any steam cleaning on hardwood surfaces. Please visit our store for our recommended cleaning kits.
Minor surface scratches to polyurethaned floors, prefinished or unfinished can be lightly touched up using minwax natural 209 stain. Using a paper towel or rag, lightly apply to surface scratch and wipe off excess. This will help hide the raised white appearance of scratched polyurethane. Dispose of towel or rag properly.