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Hardwood Maintenance Tips

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General maintenance

  • Sweep the floor with an anti-static dust control mop. This picks up dust particles & grit, not just moving them from one spot to the next. When washing your floor use a damp, almost dry, mop with a mixture of a ½ cap of white vinegar or methylated spirits to a half a bucket of cold water. Never “wet” mop your floor.
  • It’s important to wipe up spills right away, as red wine for example may stain if left for longer periods.

Long-term maintenance

  • Direct sunlight can cause chemical reactions in the coating and the wood, causing discoloration. To protect the floor close curtains or blinds to avoid the floor to be exposed to direct sunlight.

Anti-scratch techniques

  • Shoes carry dirt and stone which is abrasive to the floor’s finish. Real HomeWorx suggests using dirt-trapping doormats at each external entrance and where possible place a mat on the inside as well.
  • Use protective padding on the bottom of furniture legs to avoid unnecessary scratches to your wood floor (hard plastic can still scratch).
  • Fine dust and dirt creates slippage problems but can also act as an abrasive which may cause the floor to scratch and prematurely wear. Regular sweeping with an anti-static dust control mop will remove damaging particles and protect the floor.
  • High-heel shoes, especially worn ones, can dent any hard floor surface, but can be particularly damaging to softer woods. Special care should be taken with shoes that have exposed heels with sharp points.
  • Pets with claws can also scratch and dull the floor finish so keep pet claws groomed.

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