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Learning Center - Flooring Care & Cleaning

Flooring Care & Maintenance

So your hardwood floor is installed and your new floor looks beautiful, but now what? How do you keep it clean?

Cleaning and maintaining your floor is crucial to ensuring your floor remains as beautiful as the day it was installed. There are several tips to ensuring your wood floor is properly maintained.

Choose a flooring type below to be taken to the care & cleaning tips for that type.

Hardwood Flooring

The natural beauty of wood with a long lasting finish will give you a lifetime to enjoy your new floor. Our hardwood flooring is very easily cleaned only requiring little more than little sweeping or mopping and they will maintain their original appearance for decades to come.

  • These floors are extremely hygienic and easy to keep clean.
  • Remember that frequency of maintenance of your floor depends not only on the foot traffic but also on how much care you take.
  • For daily cleaning it is sufficient to vacuum the floor with special hardwood floor attachments, sweep it clean with a soft broom or use a hard surface wipe kit like Bona.
  • Never use an upright vacuum with beater bars. They can cause dents in your floor's finish.
  • Footmarks and more stubborn dirt can simply be wiped away with a damp cloth. Please make sure that you always use cloths that have been well wrung out. Never treat the floor with wet rags or use excessive amounts of water.
  • Scouring substances, wax or polish should never be used because they cannot penetrate the special layer of the upper surface and therefore result in it becoming dirty.
  • In areas vulnerable to greater dirt such as the door and entrance hall, it is advisable to put down protective mats. Felt rollers should be affixed to the base of furniture and drip trays should be placed under plant pots. Movable furniture should be fitted with soft rubber rollers.
  • Place glides made of felt or some other fabric under the legs of furniture to prevent scratches. Clean the glides regularly to ensure that dust and grit do not become imbedded.
  • Avoid standing water, wipe spilled liquids immediately and let the floor dry completely.
  • Move your area carpets or throw rugs occasionally to maintain a uniform appearance in the floor's finish.
  • During cold periods with increased heating, the indoor air humidity may become so low that the floor is prone to drying out. This may cause a certain amount of separation so that minor gaps appear in the flooring joints. Such problems can be overcome by the use of a room humidifier. This issues maybe the case also in the summer in very dry areas of the country. Also having too much humidity can cause the floor to grow and cup. Such problems can be avoided by having a de-humidifier. Please maintain a constant humidity in the home that is recommended in the installation instructions.
  • Avoid walking on the floor with sharp, “stiletto” style high heel shoes or foot wear that might hold rocks and small stones.
  • Make sure there are no exposed nails or metal heel supports on shoes that could scratch or dent the floor. Check shoes with soles that have deep treads to ensure that any trapped dirt or gravel won't scratch or dent the floor as these can leave indentations or scratches which is not covered under warranty.
  • Never use wax, oil-based detergents, or other household cleaning agents on your floor, since they may dull or damage the finish and leave a greasy film that makes floors slippery, maintenance more difficult, and refinishing impossible without deep sanding.
  • We recommend using the leading brand of floor cleaner (Bona Micro Fibre Wipe Kit) to periodically clean and maintain your floor and not to use products like swifter.
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Bamboo Flooring

The natural beauty of bamboo with a long lasting finish will give you a lifetime to enjoy your new floor. Our bamboo floors are very easily cleaned only requiring little more than little sweeping or mopping and they will maintain their original appearance for decades to come.    

  • These floors are extremely hygienic and easy to keep clean.
  • Remember that frequency of maintenance of your floor depends not only on the foot traffic but also on how much care you take.  
  • For daily cleaning it is sufficient to vacuum the floor with special hardwood floor attachments, sweep it clean with a soft broom or use a hard surface wipe kit like Bona.
  • Never use an upright vacuum with beater bars. They can cause dents in your floor's finish.
  • Footmarks and more stubborn dirt can simply be wiped away with a damp cloth. Please make sure that you always use cloths that have been well wrung out. Never treat the floor with wet rags or use excessive amounts of water.
  • Scouring substances, wax or polish should never be used because they cannot penetrate the special layer of the upper surface and therefore result in it becoming dirty.
  • In areas vulnerable to greater dirt such as the door and entrance hall, it is advisable to put down protective mats. Felt rollers should be affixed to the base of furniture and drip trays should be placed under plant pots. Movable furniture should be fitted with soft rubber rollers.
  • Place glides made of felt or some other fabric under the legs of furniture to prevent scratches. Clean the glides regularly to ensure that dust and grit do not become imbedded.
  • Avoid standing water, wipe spilled liquids immediately and let the floor dry completely.
  • Move your area carpets or throw rugs occasionally to maintain a uniform appearance in the floor's finish.
  • During cold periods with increased heating, the indoor air humidity may become so low that the floor is prone to drying out. This may cause a certain amount of separation so that minor gaps appear in the flooring joints. Such problems can be overcome by the use of a room humidifier. This issues maybe the case also in the summer in very dry areas of the country. Also having too much humidity can cause the floor to grow and cup. Such problems can be avoided by having a de-humidifier. Please maintain a constant humidity in the home that is recommended in the installation instructions.
  • Avoid walking on the floor with sharp, “stiletto” style high heel shoes or foot wear that might hold rocks and small stones.
  • Make sure there are no exposed nails or metal heel supports on shoes that could scratch or dent the floor. Check shoes with soles that have deep treads to ensure that any trapped dirt or gravel won't scratch or dent the floor as these can leave indentations or scratches which is not covered under warranty.
  • Never use wax, oil-based detergents, or other household cleaning agents on your floor, since they may dull or damage the finish and leave a greasy film that makes floors slippery, maintenance more difficult, and refinishing impossible without deep sanding.
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Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is not only durable, but it’s also extremely easy to maintain. During the manufacturing process, all possible care has been taken to ensure a long life to the cork floor and many years of satisfaction to the user.

Our cork flooring is factory-finished to the highest of standards, so that little time needs to be spent on maintenance. All that is required to maintain a cork floor is a regular vacuuming and light cleaning with damp sponge mop. For routine care, sweep or vacuum (avoid vacuums with beater brush) to remove loose dirt before it can scratch or be ground into the floor's surface. Only in case of heavy dirt, or if necessary, add cleaner to water and mop immediately with a mist of clear water. Let it dry completely.

A cork floor should be treated as any quality wood flooring. As durable as cork flooring is, it must be remembered that it is still a natural product. To prevent dirt and scuffing in entrances, use a mat. By using mats in all entrances, any dirt or grit carried on footwear will be removed, saving your Cork floor. However, never use a mat with latex or rubber backing, because these can stain the floor. Remember that frequency of maintenance for your floor depends not only on the foot traffic but also on how much care you take. Please note: at all times, you must avoid excess moisture on the floor. Do not allow water to stand on the joints for long periods of time.  

  • Cork, may change color when exposed to sunlight. Cork tends to fade. Use blinds, curtains or other sun screens.
  • Ammonia-based cleaners or chemicals must not be used to clean the floor.
  • Wipe spilled liquids immediately.
  • Felt pads should be fitted to furniture legs to avoid marking.
  • A room's relative air humidity is ideally 30-40%.
  • During cold periods with increased heating, the indoor air humidity may become so low that the floor is prone to drying out. This may cause a certain amount of separation so that minor gaps appear in the flooring joints. Such problems can be overcome by the use of a room humidifier.
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Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring is extremely hygienic and easy to keep clean. Here are our recommendations to keep your laminate flooring looking beautiful for many years.

  • Routine cleaning requires just vacuuming, dusting with a clean, dry cloth, or a damp mop to prevent loose dirt or grit from scratching your floor's finish.
  • Use non-staining walk-off mats by the entrance of all outside doorways.
  • Use a damp mop to remove footmarks and most stubborn dirt. Always be sure that your mop has been thoroughly wrung out. Never wet mop, or use excessive amounts of water on your laminate floor.
  • Never use scouring substances, abrasive cleaners, paste waxes or any floor polishes on your Laminate Floor.
  • Marks and stubborn stains can easily be removed with Acetone nail polish remover or other mild solvents containing alcohol.
  • Felt pads should be affixed to the base of all furniture legs and drip trays should be placed underneath any planted pots. Movable furniture should be fitted with wide, rubber rollers.
  • The use of "soap-free" cleaners on a regular basis is all you need to do to keep your floor looking beautiful for many years.
  • Hardened glue left over after your floor is installed can be removed with Acetone nail polish remover or special glue solvents.
  • IMPORTANT TIPS
    • Use any non-abrasive, soap-free cleaner on a regular basis. (NEVER USE: Abrasive pads and cleaners, including nylon scouring pads, steel wool, Comet, Soft Scrub, etc., which may damage the finish.)
    • Footprints and dirt easily wipe away with a moist cloth. Just wring cloth well before use. It is recommended to remove any wet spills immediately to avoid liquid penetration into the seams.
    • Use caution when moving large appliances such as refrigerator, ranges, etc. Use protective mats at exterior entrances and in heavy traffic areas.
    • Always remove loose dirt by sweeping. Mop using a rinse free or non-sudsy ammonia mixed with water according to the ammonia's instructions for normal cleaning. Use only a slightly damp mop.
    • Gaps may occur at joints in the flooring during periods of low relative humidity (especially during the heating season).
    • Don't use "mop-and-shine" products. They'll leave a dull film. Never wax or polish your floor.
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    Vinyl Flooring

    Vinyl flooring is extremely hygienic and easy to keep clean. Here are our recommendations to keep your vinyl flooring looking beautiful for many years.

    • Routine cleaning requires just vacuuming, dusting with a clean, dry cloth, or a damp mop to prevent loose dirt or grit from scratching your floor's finish.
    • Use non-staining walk-off mats by the entrance of all outside doorways.
    • Use a damp mop to remove footmarks and most stubborn dirt. Always be sure that your mop has been thoroughly wrung out. Never wet mop, or use excessive amounts of water on your laminate floor.
    • Never use scouring substances, abrasive cleaners, paste waxes or any floor polishes on your Laminate Floor.
    • Marks and stubborn stains can easily be removed with Acetone nail polish remover or other mild solvents containing alcohol.
    • Felt pads should be affixed to the base of all furniture legs and drip trays should be placed underneath any planted pots. Movable furniture should be fitted with wide, rubber rollers.
    • The use of "soap-free" cleaners on a regular basis is all you need to do to keep your floor looking beautiful for many years.
    • Hardened glue left over after your floor is installed can be removed with Acetone nail polish remover or special glue solvents.

    IMPORTANT TIPS
    • Use any non-abrasive, soap-free cleaner on a regular basis. (NEVER USE: Abrasive pads and cleaners, including nylon scouring pads, steel wool, Comet, Soft Scrub, etc., which may damage the finish.)
    • Footprints and dirt easily wipe away with a moist cloth. Just wring cloth well before use. It is recommended to remove any wet spills immediately to avoid liquid penetration into the seams.
    • Use caution when moving large appliances such as refrigerator, ranges, etc. Use protective mats at exterior entrances and in heavy traffic areas.
    • Always remove loose dirt by sweeping. Mop using a rinse free or non-sudsy ammonia mixed with water according to the ammonia's instructions for normal cleaning. Use only a slightly damp mop.
    • Gaps may occur at joints in the flooring during periods of low relative humidity (especially during the heating season).
    • Don't use "mop-and-shine" products. They'll leave a dull film. Never wax or polish your floor.

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