Flooring - Hardwood

Hardwood floors add a touch of warmness and comfort to your home. With some simple ongoing care and maintenance you can keep your hardwood floors looking great for years to come.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning

  • Vacuum, sweep, or dust mop your floor weekly. Vacuum wood floors with a special bare-floor attachment; beater bars from certain styles of vacuum cleaners can damage the flooring.
  • Always use manufacturer's recommended cleaner and frequency when mopping the floors; Never use water.

Reduce Discoloration/Fading

  • Closing window treatments during the day will reduce fading from the sun. Area rugs are a main cause of hardwood fading differently.

Reduce Scratches

  • Protect your floors from grit, dirt and sand as they can scratch the finish. Placing rugs at the entrances to the room can help minimize the amount of grit, dirt and sand.
  • Use protective mats at all exterior-to-interior entrances. Mats must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed, avoid high-heeled shoes, or shoes that have sharp objects protruding from the soles.
  • Use protective pads on your furniture bottoms to help prevent scratching the floor
  • Don’t drag heavy objects, such as furniture, across the floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are gaps developing between my floor boards?
A: Wood floors respond noticeably to changes in humidity in your home. Follow manufacturer's recommended humidity levels of 35%. Especially during winter months the individual planks or pieces expand and contract (sometimes causing gaps) as water content changes. A humidifier helps but does not eliminate this reaction.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.