Care, Upkeep & Humidity

Caring for your hardwood or laminate floor is easier than ever, thanks to today’s modern finishes. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

– To prevent scratches to the surface of your floor apply felt pads to the under side of all furniture
– For heavier furniture, use felt pad protected castor cups to help spread the weight and prevent dent marks
– Do not walk with high heeled shoes on solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring
– Excessive sunlight should be blocked with blinds or drapes
– Wet mopping and excessive water can be harmful to your floors (see the cleaning section below)
– Your pet’s nails can scratch your flooring surface so keep them trimmed!

Repairs – Consult us immediately to fix areas that have been damaged, scratched, or have a difficult problem, like chewing gum, wax or spills.

CLEANING – SOLID HARDWOOD AND ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS

Things to Do – Things NOT to Do

DO NOT

– Use tile floor care products or self-polishing acrylic waxes on wood floors. This can cause solid hardwood or engineered hardwood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
– Wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discolouring residue.
– Walk on your wood floors with high heeled shoes. Doing this may cause denting of your solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor.
– Slide heavy furniture when moving it. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
– Use any detergents that are not made specifically for hardwood floors.

DO

– Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
– Use floor mats at entrances to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors.
– Put felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
– Place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink, dishwasher, or where food is being prepared for wood flooring in the kitchen.
– Sweep or vacuum your hardwood floor regularly to ensure no dirt or debris is left behind to scratch it. (If you plan to vacuum your floor make sure your vacuum attachment is safe for hardwood)
– Make sure your floor cleaner is made specifically for hardwood floors. It should say so on the front of the bottle.
– Use a terry cloth/micro-fibre cloths in combination with an eco-friendly hardwood floor cleaner for cleaning your solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors.

CLEANING – LAMINATE FLOORS

Things to Do – Things NOT to Do

DO NOT

– Use furniture polish or wax on laminate flooring. This can cause a laminate floor to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
– Wet-mop a laminate floor. Standing water can cause the finish to bubble and detach.
– Walk on your laminate floors with high heeled shoes. Doing this may cause denting or scratching of your laminate floor.
– Slide heavy furniture when moving it. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the laminate flooring.
– Use heavy detergents with harsh chemicals as it can damage the finish on your laminate floor.

DO

– Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
– Use floor mats at entrances to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your laminate floors.
– Put felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
– Place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink, dishwasher, or where food is being prepared for laminate flooring in the kitchen.
– Sweep or vacuum your laminate floor regularly to ensure no dirt or debris is left behind to scratch it.
– For best results, make sure your floor cleaner is made specifically for laminate floors. It should say so on the front of the bottle.

HUMIDITY

Wood is a natural material that reacts to variations in relative humidity and changes dimension following moisture absorption or release. During humid or dry periods, the floor can present
distortions or gaps so below we’ve listed some tips to help you avoid that. Remember, a consistent interior climate environment is the key to optimum solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring performance.

– The interior relative humidity (RH) level, should be between 40% (Minimum) and 55% (Maximum) RH where 45% RH is a good target. Use a hygrometer to measure what your indoor humidity level is and to track changes in humidity due to the season. A hygrometer can be purchased from your local hardware store.

– Never shut off your heating, ventilation or air-conditioning system for long periods of time, such as summer vacation.

– In the summer excessive humidity can cause hardwood boards to swell and cup. Most engineered hardwood floors are much less susceptible to this though having a top layer of Hickory, Jatoba or other very hard woods can still be at risk from humidity changes. Use air conditioning and/or a dehumidifier to lower humidity to proper levels

– In the winter excessive dryness can cause hardwood floors to shrink creating gaps between floor boards. Again, most engineered hardwood floors aren’t vulnerable to this however there are some exceptions. Talk to your flooring experts at Amazon Hardwood to confirm whether this would be an issue for your floors. Use a humidifier to increase humidity to proper levels.