Floor Care Tips

When to walk on the floor

After a floor has the last coat applied, you can walk on it as early as twenty four hours later if you are in socks. The first couple of days you need to be careful because it takes about few days for the floor to fully cure.

Furniture

Finish manufacturers recommend waiting few days before putting furniture back, but we have found that if you place the furniture back carefully, 24-48 hours is good. You need to be careful with the chairs and any other items that get a lot of movement.

Floor Protector Pads - Using and Cleaning

You need to put floor pads on your furniture. This can purchase from Home Depot or the like. You simply clean the bottom of the furniture legs, peel off the backing and stick them to the legs of your furniture.

Sometimes, chairs have their own steel or plastic pads. These are not suitable for direct use on the floor and will either need to be covered with a floor pad of taken off. Here is a good guide to go by. If the steel or plastic pad is one inch or smaller, remove it, clean the leg and firmly place a floor pad there. If it is bigger than one inch, clean it and place a new floor pad on top of it. Also, if you are going directly onto wooden legs, look out for wax and dirt that may interfere with the adhesive.

It is also important to clean the floor pads occasionally. They build up dirt and grit inside and should either be vacuumed or brushed with a fingernail to remove the debris. After a while, they should be replaced. Maybe every three months for regularly used chairs and twelve months for other items.

Rugs

Your first concern for these items is not to put them on the floor for few days (maybe 2-4 days). The floor will need this time to completely cure. IMPORTANT! If it is necessary to put a rug down immediately after the floor is finished to prevent damage from the outside, then you can bypass the few days rule. Also, be sure not to place any rugs on the floor that have an abrasive backing, such as burlap. Acceptable backings are soft foam, soft cloth materials and anything that will not scratch or discolor the floor.

Prevention

Keeping dirt and grit off of the floor

The easiest way to accomplish this is to place rugs at the outside entrances and also in front of sinks. For prevention of abrasions, using a dust mop is a simple and effective way to keep dirt and grit off of the floor. Also, any vacuum with revolving brushes should not be used.

EXTRA TIPS: 

"Please do not use any waxes or polishes" on your wood flooring. The most common mistake in floor care is using Murphy’s Oil Soap on modern wood floor finishes.

NOTE: There are two main reasons for keeping waxes and polishes off of the floor. They will interfere with most attempts to recoat your floor in the future! This is very important because buffing and recoating a wood floor is a great way to keep it looking new without the expense and time it takes to sand a floor.

Also, using any kind of wax or polish will interfere with the sheen of a floor, making it look shiny in some spots and dull in others.

Humidity

The proper humidity is very important for wood floors because they expand and contract. Most affected by humidity are newer floors. The main thing to be concerned with are using a humidifier in the dry winter months to keep the floor tight and using an air conditioner or dehumidifier in the humid summer months.

Vacuuming

How TO and how NOT to vacuum the floor. As far as vacuuming goes, remember NOT to use a vacuum with a revolving brush and when you do vacuum, move with the grain.

Recoating 

Recoating hardwood floors is one of our specialties and sometimes overlooked as a tool for beautifying your home. In just one day, we can bring your floors back to life!

The best time to do this depends on how heavily the floor is used. If you have pets and active children, you may want to coat as often as every six to twelve months. If the floor sees very little activity, it can go for years without any work. The best overall guideline is three years because you don’t want the heavily used areas to wear through or the whole floor may have to be resanded.