Hardwood Floor Maintenance Tips

Once your floors have been newly installed or refinished there are a few things you can do to maximize the life of your floors. The first and most important thing is to place felt glides on the bottom of your furniture before placing it on your new wood floor.
Wait at least 48 hours before replacing your furniture. If you will be using area rugs, you should wait at least 2 weeks before placing them on your floors. Any hard surface can become abrasive to the finish. Avoid dragging hard things across your floor.

Routine Maintenance

You should dust or sweep your wood floors on a regular basis to keep them free of grit. Do not use soaps or waxes on your floors. Doing so may prevent any future recoats from adhering to the polyurethane.Have your wood floors recoated when necessary.

High traffic areas such as kitchens may need to be coated after 3-4 years, while low traffic floors may last up to 20 years without being recoated. Have your floors recoated when you notice wear patterns. Recoating will not remove dents, deep scratches or bring the color back to extremely worn areas. Recoating is a process of light sanding that abrades the surface and applying another coating of polyurethane. This process is designed to prolong the life of your existing finish—not repair damage to the flooring.

Enjoy Them!

Hardwood floors and the finishes that protect them are durable. However, they will dent and scratch. This is the nature and character of wood flooring. Enjoy their beauty, but don't be afraid to use them.