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Maintenance



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Woods are a lifetime investment, and decisions concerning them should not be taken lightly. Routine maintenance should include protecting the surface finish from moisture and heavy wear which creates scratches. This maintenance requires more than sweeping and vacuuming.  Wood floors are not impervious to the day to day grit, food, spills, and water.
Preventive maintenance like area rugs, floor protectors (on ALL furniture on your wood floors), and routine maintenance with proper hardwood floor cleaner should always be exercised (improper products can contribute to additional wear, may VOID your warranty, and cause failure when recoating).  Always clean your wood floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional and/ or the manufacturer of your particular hardwood floor product.  Maintain a relative indoor air humidity of between 55% and 65% all year round, in order to limit natural expansion and contraction of the wood.

The Do’s & Don’ts

Do:

  • Place Protector pads on ALL furniture legs on wood floor.
  • Place walk off mats and area rugs in high traffic areas (make sure they stay dry and are cleaned underneath often).
  • Perform routine maintenance as recommended by manufacturer, this should include sweeping, vacuuming and / or dust mopping to remove dirt and grit.
  • Keep this as a regularly scheduled event, and stick to it.
  • Always perform this process before and after a major event that involves a high volume of traffic on the floor.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repairs, as well as keeping your  pets nails trimmed on a regular bases
  • Track dirt, clean immediately

Do Not:

  • Use Wet mops.
  • Use dust cleaners.
  • Use other floor cleaning products.
  • Don’t use any of the following products on your floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, or abrasive cleaning soaps.
  • Don’t allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time. Wipe up spills immediately

Laminate

How should you clean your floor?

The first time:

  • Remove all dirt and dust with a soft brush or vacuum cleaner with a soft parquet brush.
  • Clean the floor with a dry dust cloth.
  • Replace the dust cloth and clean again.
  • Remove any remaining dirt with a laminate cleaner.
  • Replace the dust cloth with a slightly damp cloth and clean again.
  • If necessary, repeat the slightly damp cleaning process.

Daily use: dry cleaning.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft parquet brush or dry electrostatic dust cloths that attract dirt, dust and hair like a magnet.
  • Work the floor cleaner lengthways along the panels, in an overlapping zigzag motion and with long strokes across the floor.
  • Intensive use: slightly damp cleaning.
  • Wet cleaning is not recommended, because it can cause lasting damage to your floor.
  • Clean your laminate flooring with a well wrung out cloth instead.
  • Work the cloth lengthways along the panels, in a fluent zigzag motion across the floor, without applying pressure.
  • Clean the surface thoroughly with a clean cloth (cotton/toweling) and remove any puddles immediately.

To protect your laminate floor, we recommend the following precautions:

  • Avoid contact with dirt, sand, grit and substances such as oil or asphalt by placing carpets and vinyl-back doormats at the front- and backdoor.
  • Use floor protectors and furniture legs/wheels with a large ground surface to limit the impact of heavy objects.
  • Maintain a relative indoor air humidity of between 55% and 65% all year round, in order to limit natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
  • Avoid cutting and grooving in your flooring by sharp objects. If you have chairs with wheels, make sure they are made of soft rubber.
  • Balterio laminate floors have a hard, closed surface, so that you needn’t always clean it with a damp mop. Every once in a while will do. This way, you avoid lasting damage to your floor.

Oiled Floors

  • Use soap oil or oil to maintain.
  • Never use varnish or polish on an oiled floor.
  • Contact Select floors office for full maintenance instructions.