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Hardwood Floooring Preventative Maintenance

  • Wood flooring is a natural product that will be greatly affected by the environment. It is important to know that as humidity levels change throughout the year, your flooring will have a tendency to expand and contract. In order to keep your wood flooring always looking its best, we recommend that you try and keep your humidity levels between 35-65% year round. Some suggestions on how to do that:
    • Heating Season (Dry)-In the drier months, a humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to add to the dry conditions.
    • Non-Heating Season (Humid, Wet)-In the summer time, an air-conditioner, dehumidifier, or turning on your heating unit periodically can reduce humidity levels. In the wetter months, avoid excessive exposure to water and make sure all expansion areas around the perimeter of the floor are not blocked.
  • Vacuum your floor regularly as you would carpet. Do not use a vacuum with any type of rotating brush; a brush attachment works perfectly. In addition, sweep your floor with a broom or a dry dust mop on an as needed basis.
  • Water can be very damaging to your floor; therefore food or liquid spills should be removed in a timely manner. If a cleaner is needed for difficult spots, use a damp sponge. Do not use any abrasive type of sponge or cleaner. For general cleaning of soiled areas, dip or spray a clean cloth with Hard Surface Cleaner. The cloth should be slightly moistened, not wet. Asyoucleanthefloor,followbywipingthefloordry.
  • Never wet mop your floor with water and /or products like Oil Soap. Water is your floors’ worst enemy. Water can cause wood to expand and may damagethefloor. AddinganOilSoaptothemophasasimilareffectas with other waxes and cleaning agents. They can leave residue on your flooring surface and they can soften and dull the flooring finish.
  • Use mats at all exterior doors to help reduce sand and grit from getting onto the floor. Gritty sand on the bottom of shoes will act like sandpaper and can damage any finish.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repair. Any spike high heel shoe that has lost the protective cap can exert over 1000 pounds per square inch of pressure which can damage your floor.
  • Wood is a natural material and will change color due to exposure to natural and artificial UV light. Any area rugs should be moved from time to time, to allow the flooring to naturally change color when exposed to the light.
  • Your floor already has the best finish available on the market today. There is no need to put any type of wax on the floor. Do not use any ammonia, wax or oil based cleaners.
  • NOTE: Spray mist only as necessary. Do not apply moisture unnecessarily, vacuum instead. Ammonia will damage or dull many surface finishes and should not be used to clean your solid wood floor. Too much moisture will damage your floor and void the warranty.

mop with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce® Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. A light damp mop is all you need

Care & Maintenance of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

  • Wood is a natural product that lives in a comfort zone of 35% - 55% relative humidity, and between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure the long life of your wood floor, the HVAC system should remain active at all times.
  • Sweep or vacuum regularly, since built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of hardwood. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head.
  • Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by Mannington.
  • Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. This can severely damage the flooring.
  • The use of Mannington maintenance and floor-care products is highly recommended.
  • Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other houshold cleaners that contain lemon oil, tung oil or ammonia.
  • Keep pets nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease oil and stains.
  • Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects.
  • Make certain furniture casters and floor protectors are clean and operate properly. Minimum of 1" continuous width is recommended.

Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor.

Hardwood Stain Solver

Even stubborn stains can be removed from your Mannington Wood Floor quickly and easily. Here's how to keep yours looking like new:

  • Start with the first procedure listed.
  • Only do the procedures necessary to resolve the problem.
  • Always use a clean white cloth for wiping up stains, and turn it frequently to avoid spreading the stain.
  • Rinse with clean water and allow area to dry between procedures.

INITIAL CARE:

After installation, clean your floor with an approved industrial floor cleaner. Be sure to remove any residual adhesive with the proper adhesive remover if the floor was glued down.

ROUTINE CARE & MAINTENANCE

  1. Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor once a week or more if needed. The vacuum head must be felt or brush and a hose attachment is preferable. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads.
  2. Tracked-in dirt and spills should be wiped up immediately.
  3. When necessary, thoroughly clean the floor with industrial hardwood floor cleaner and a terry cloth mop. DO NOT allow excess cleaner to remain on the floor’s surface or clean the floors with a wet mop and water; excess liquid may damage the floor.
  4. The use of area rugs in high traffic areas and at exterior doors is recommended to help collect excess dirt and moisture. Humidity in the home should remain between 35% and 55%.

EASY FIX TIPS

Soiled areas caused by food, water or animals
Apply floor cleaner with a soft cloth.
Grease/Lipstick/Crayon/Ink Spots/Rubber Heel Marks
Apply floor cleaner with a soft cloth.
Chewing gum, Candle Wax
Apply a sealed plastic bag with ice on top of the mark.
Minor Scratches & Abrasions
Use a hardwood floor touch-up kit on small areas. Apply a finish coat when large areas are affected.
Chips, Broken Edges and Gaps
Blend in area with a hardwood floor touch-up pen or fill stick.
Deep Scratches & Gouges
Individual planks, strips or parquets that are badly gouged and damage may need to be replaced.

Laminate Care and Maintenance

Place a natural or colorfast mat at outside entrances to collect tracked-in dirt and absorb excess moisture.

For added indentation resistance, use Armstrong or Bruce felt floor protectors on chairs and other furniture. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector should be.

Routine Laminate Floor Care and Maintenance

Do

  • Vacuum, use a dust mop or wipe with a damp cloth.
  • For spills, just wipe up with a cloth or sponge.
  • Allow time for floor to dry after washing.
  • Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet.

Don't

  • Use soap-based detergents or "mop and shine" products, as these may leave a dull film on your laminate floor.
  • Use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder, which can scratch your floor. And, in very sandy areas or at the beach, sweep or vacuum regularly.
  • Wax or polish your floor.
  • You may purchase Armstrong floor care products and floor protectors at your local flooring retailer.

Spring Cleaning

Use a well-squeezed damp mop with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce® Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. A light damp mop is all you need

Care & Maintenance

During installation and after the flooring is completely installed, all dirt and construction debris should be removed and the floor swept clean. Immediately clean up all spills with a damp rag. Vacuum or sweep the floor regularly to remove all soil, grit and sand. Do not use vacuum with a beater brush. For regular maintenance, sweep dirt and damp mop regularly with warm water and vinyl floor cleaner. Do not use soap based detergents or abrasive cleaners. Instead, use neutral floor cleaners. To restore shine, use floor polish that does not contain oil based ingredients or solvents. Application of liquid floor cleaner at least once a month is recommended. To avoid possible permanent indentation or surface damage, proper floor protection devices must be used under the furniture and appliances. Exercise care when removing or replacing furniture or appliances. Always use clean equipment! Dirty equipment only redistributes the dirt.

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Granite City - Discount Tile and Marble installs hard wood and engineered wood flooring. We work in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Orem, Provo, Bountiful and the surrounding Utah cities as well as Idaho and Wyoming.

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