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Living With Your New Hardwood Floor

What every homeowner needs to know about living with hardwood floors!

It's hard to put your finger on it, but there's something about a real hardwood floor that just brings a room together. All the beautiful things that make up your home take on a warmer glow and new elegance. It's not hard to imagine a hardwood floor as the foundation of your personal sanctuary- a calming influence far away from such worldly concerns as early morning meetings, traffic jams and demanding people.

While your new floor won't be a solution for the problems of your everyday life, there is one thing we can say with certainty.  A custom hardwood floor will make just about anything in your room look better.

Like anything made of fine wood, there is a great deal of craftsmanship that goes into producing the finished product.  Every floor has its own distinctive character; it is like no other.

Another important characteristic to remember is that wood is hygroscopic material.  That means that when it is exposed to varying temperatures and humidity, wood releases or absorbs moisture until it is in equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere.

Because we want you to be a satisfied customer, it's important that you have good information and know what to expect with your new hardwood floor.

Caring for Hardwood Flooring: Custom hardwood floors, when properly finished, are the easiest of all floor surfaces to keep clean and looking good year after year.  Follow these guidelines:

Routinely: Dust mop, sweep or vacuum at least twice a week to keep grit and dust free.

Spills: Soak up and blot spills promptly.  It is safe to wipe with a barely damp cloth and then towel-dry.

Restoration: Know the brand of flooring and the type of finish on your floor before applying any cleaning products.  Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for proper care or consult a floor-finishing specialist.

Custom Finished Polyurethane Floors: Spot clean with PolyCare™ and PolyCare Scuff Remover™, available at Efloors.com.

Do Not: Wet mop because standing water can cause wood to swell and buckle.  Also, do not use: Murphy's Oil Soap™, Fantastic™, Formula 409™, dish washing detergents, powdered all-purpose cleaners, paste wax, Endust™, Pledge™, Future™, Mop-N-Glow™, Brite™, or any similar products.  Above all, never use a self-polishing acrylic wax made for sheet vinyl on a wood floor.  These products make wood slippery and dull, especially if coated with a polyurethane finish.

Cleaning Products
Be sure to use the recommended cleaning, maintenance and restorative products on your new flooring. View our cleaning products or call us at 1-888-522-5456 for all your flooring questions.

Protect Your Investment
Keep your new flooring looking beautiful for years to come! In addition to routine maintenance, we offer a few other recommendations to assist you in protecting your hardwood floor.

  • Area rugs should be used in high-traffic areas.
  • Remember to move the rugs periodically if exposed to regular sunlight, keeping blinds and shades closed as often as possible.
  • Install floor protectors on furniture legs to prevent scratching. Never drag heavy furniture or appliances across your hardwood flooring – always lift when moving.
  • Remove shoes when possible, stilettos and cleats especially. Dog and cat nails can also harm the finish of your hardwood floor.

In conclusion, maintaining your new hardwood floor is simple, easy and well worth the time! Contact our flooring specialists with any further questions by calling toll free 1-888-522-5456.