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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 your floor, apply felt pads to the underside of all furniture.
– For heavier furniture, use felt pad-protected castor cups to help spread the weight and prevent dents.
– Do not walk with high heels on solid hardwood or engineered hardwood.
– 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 pets’ nails can scratch your flooring 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 heels. Doing this may dent your solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor.
– Slide heavy furniture when moving it. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect your wood flooring.
– Use any detergents 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 it to become slippery and appear dull.
– 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 dent or scratch your laminate floor.
– Slide heavy furniture when moving it. It is better to pick up the furniture completely to protect the laminate flooring.
– Use heavy detergents with harsh chemicals. These 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 we have outlined some tips to help you avoid that. Remember, a consistent interior climate is the key to optimum performance of solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring.

– 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 your indoor humidity and track changes due to the season. You can purchase a hygrometer from your local hardware store.

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

– Excessive summer 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 place it at risk of humidity changes. Use air conditioning and/or a dehumidifier to lower humidity to proper levels.

– Excessive winter dryness can cause hardwood floors to shrink, creating gaps between floorboards. Again, most engineered hardwood floors aren’t vulnerable to this; however, there are exceptions. Talk to Amazon Hardwood’s flooring experts to confirm whether this could be an issue for your floors. Use a humidifier to increase humidity to proper levels.