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Dos and Don'ts

                                                             Always do this 
1. Do use a dry cloth to wipe excess water & water-based cleaning solutions off your hardwood floor. Keep in mind that water and water-based solutions are the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. Quickly wipe off any excess water on the floor to prevent the wood from swelling up.

2. Do regularly sweep your wood floor using a soft bristle broom.

3. Do regularly vacuum to thoroughly clean the floor. It's a good idea to vacuum after sweeping as vacuuming will get rid of dust and dirt between floor boards.

4 Wait at least 2 week after having your floors refinished.Then place area rugs  and runners in high traffic areas and places that may be prone to spilling, such as hallways, around tables, beds,desks, sinks etc.

5. Do use drapes on your windows to minimize your hardwood floors exposure to sunlight.

6. Do take extra care whenever you move furniture when cleaning your hardwood floors' This is when hardwood floors usually get scratched. lift when possible.

7.What About Cracking?
Wood floors are very sensitive to climate. Seasonal cracking is a common occurrence. They expand in humid conditions and contract when the air becomes dry, usually due to heating. Using a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with a heating/cooling system is recommended to keep a constant 30% to 50% humidity level. This will minimize shrinkage 
and cracking

                                               Don't ever do this
1.Don't ever wear  hi heels on a hardwoood floor. High heels concentrate a person's weight on a small area (estimate: 125 lb. person=approximately 2,000 lbs. per inch when taking a normal step). This kind of force can dent and pit any wood floor.  We recommend a "no high heel" policy.

2. Don't ever allow water or water-based solutions to sit on your hardwood floor; other wise, your hardwood floor may expand & cup  over time.

3. Don't ever wax your hardwood floors ,other wise when the time comes you will  have to have them refinished rather than just screened and recoated. This is more expensive and takes longer.

4. Don't clean the floor with a vacuum that has beater bars. This type of vacuum can damage your floors.

5. Don't put plants in your hardwood floors that don't have a catch bason to catch excess water.

6. Don't use cleaning solutions that can potentially damage your floor's finish,  e.g. ,murphys oil soap. Make sure that you use cleaning solutions that work with the type of hardwood floor finish your have. If you are not sure ask your floor contractor.

 7. Don't ever drag furnituure or anything else on a hardwood floor, this will damage the finish and wood.
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