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Care and Maintenance of Your Hardwood Floor
Are hardwood floors easy to clean?
With the new finishes that are on the market today, hardwood floors 
are very easy to clean.
What products do you recommend to clean and maintain my hardwood floor?
You should use the cleaning product recommended by the floor finish manufacturer. If no cleaning product is specifically recommended by the finish manufacturer use a product that will not leave an oil or wax residue on your floor. (Use of these products may cause a problem when you need to recoat your floor.) see our Floor care page.
What about soaps or other products sold at the grocery store?
Do not use a detergent based product on your floor, they will etch the finish. A vinegar and water mixture may also etch your finish over time . 
How do I care for my new hardwood floor?
All "movable" pieces of furniture need soft clean pads on the bottom of the legs or supports. There are many kinds and sizes to fit all kinds of furniture. we recommend a soft felt.
Door Mats 
Keep dirt and sand from coming in from outside by using door mats placed at all exterior doors.
High Heels 
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 wood floors. We recommend a "no high heel" policy.
Pets 

Dog and cat toe nails can scratch a wood floor. It is a good idea to trim them regularly and try to contain vigorous play to a carpeted area. Finishes like urethanes are essentially waterproof. This is a great finish for pets  because pet urine will not hurt these floors if cleaned up immediately. Spills from the food/water bowl are usually no problem if wiped up straight away
 Area Rugs 
Some areas of the house experience more traffic than others. Kitchens (especially in the front of the sink) always have a lot of traffic. We recomend a small 2x3 area rug. Make sure they are kept clean and dry. Shake out and vacuum all throw rugs frequently. Wait 2 weeks to install area rugs after having your floors sanded and refinished.
Moving Heavy Furniture 
Remember to pick up heavy furniture and do not slide it across the floor. ." Floorguards enable you to move your appliances forward for servicing without gouging your floor.
Indoor Plants  
Always use trivets or short stands under the pot and saucer so that air can circulate underneath. This will prevent condensation on the saucer from damaging the wood floor. It will also be easier to see if the plant is over watered or if water has spilled on the floor.
Dirt & Sand
Dirt and sand act like sandpaper and destroy the surface of your wood floor. Gravel driveways are another  major culpit . Vacuum, sweep and dust mop regularly. .
What About  the spaces in my  wood floor
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                      Email us at:  cyril.hehir@allstarflooringnj.com
 

                                    

                               Vacuum, sweep and dust mop regularly.