“Do’s and Don’ts” for Solid Wood, Pre-finished Wood and Laminated Floors 

 A few preventive measures can preserve a beautiful finish and keep maintenance to a minimum. 


  •  Sweep, vacuum or dust mop at least weekly. Dirt, grit and sand act like sandpaper to scratch, dent and dull hardwood floors. When sweeping use a fine bristle broom. When using a vacuum use a brush attachment. Do not use a vacuum with beater bars because this can cause dents in your floor’s finish. Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust. 

  • Damp mop weekly with white vinegar and warm water. When damp mopping a wood floor finished with polyurethane, wet the mop and wring so it is about half-dry. Mop and then dip the mop into clean water, wring it as dry as you can and mop again. Immediately towel dry the floor and mop in sections to prevent standing water. Note: You can also damp mop the floors once per month with very diluted citrus cleaner-it gives a nice smell and bugs hate it. Fill a small bucket with warm water, a 1/4 cup of white vinegar per quart of water and add a tablespoon of citrus cleaner. (Citra-solv works very well. ) 

  • Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel. 

  • Use place mats and throw rugs at doorway exteriors and interiors, as well as in front of the 
kitchen sink to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt, sand and standing drops of water. 

  • Place runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) along high-traffic areas. 

  • When moving heavy furniture, completely pick up the furniture and carry to another room 
or move it by sliding it on a piece of thick carpet placed face-down to best protect the wood 

  • Put plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and 

  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 45% and 55%. Use a humidifier 
throughout the winter months to keep all wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum. 

  • Protect your floors from direct sunlight over long periods of time. Sunlight can cause 
discoloration over time. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect your floors from intense UV rays. 

An Ounce of Prevention

A few preventive measures can preserve a beautiful finish and keep maintenance to a minimum.


  • Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and refinish the floor. Don’t use any of the following products (or similar in nature ) on your floors: ammonia, Fantastik, Formula 409, dishwashing detergent, powdered all- purpose cleaner, Endust, Pledge, Mop ‘n Glo, Murhpy’s Oil Soap or other polishes.
  • Never wet-mop a wood floor or allow water to stand on your floors for any length of time. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue
  • Remember that cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor surface. When a 125 pound woman takes a step in high heels she exerts 2,000 psi (pounds per square inch). An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 psi.
  • Maintaining your Hardwood Floors
  • Don’t wait until your finish is worn and your floors need re-sanding. Re-coating is LESS expensive, takes LESS time, and will make LESS of a mess than re-sanding.
  • How do I know when it’s time to refinish my solid or pre-finished wood flooring?
  • The first thing to do is to determine whether the finish is worn off or just dirty. Go to a high- traffic area, where the finish will be most worn, and pour a tablespoon or two of water onto the floor. If the water forms beads, congratulations! Your floor is properly sealed. Perhaps it needs only some cleaning and stain removal. If the water takes a few minutes to soak in, only darkening the floor slightly, the finish is partially worn. Proceed with caution. If the water soaks right in, leaving a dark spot, the finish is seriously worn and it’s probably time to refinish the floors. Note: Pre-finished wood floors can only be re-sanded once or twice. It would be less expensive to re-coat every few years before they need re-sanding.
  • When do I have the option of re-coating my floors, rather than re-sanding?
  • You can re-coat your solid or pre-finished wood flooring rather than re-sand when your floors begin to loose their luster. Solid and pre-finished wood floors can’t be re-coated if they have been waxed or oiled (see the Caring for your Floors). Re-coating is a process that many customers are unaware of. If this process is done every few years before the floor finish has worn through (see above question – How do I know when it’s time to refinish my solid or pre- finished wood flooring?) then no re-sanding is necessary. The benefits of re-coating are that it takes less time (1 day, rather than 4 or 5 to re-sand), it’s approximately 1/3 the cost, and it creates less of a mess than re-sanding.
  • Just in case you forget, we will mail you a reminder in two to three years!