Hardwood Floor Care Guide

Hardwood Flooring Maintenance & Care Guide:

Your new Platinum Flooring hardwood floor can maintain its strength and beauty for years, primarily, with a little help from you.

Requisite Care

  • It is advisable to vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, particularly in high-traffic areas. This would prevent gritty dirt and particle accumulation that can scratch the wood’s surface. On the other hand using vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head should be avoided.
  • Excessive heat from direct sunlight gradually fades off the wood, hence it is suggested to use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays or to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help wood age evenly naturally.

Essential tips for preventing damage

  • Use a humidifier during mid summer to help reduce wood shrinkage and maintain humidity between 35% and 55%.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, then scrape them off gently
  • Use high quality floor mats or protective pads under heavy furniture as an extra layer of protection on your hardwood floor
  • Prevent usage of wet-mop, damp-mop, or cleaning your hardwood with water or other liquids
  • Don’t use cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss

Engineered Flooring Maintenance & Care Guide:

Engineered Hardwood Floors are very easily maintained. No wax, no mess.The best way to care for your new floor is to schedule routine maintenance which includes sweeping the entire floor at least once a week to remove dirt and debris that may scratch the floor. High traffic areas such as entrances, doorways, and traffic lanes will require cleaning more frequently depending upon the amount of concentrated foot traffic.

Essential tips for preventing damage

  • Sweep regularly with a soft bristle broom
  • Remove spills promptly and use Performance Accessories Cleaner.
  • Use protective pads under heavy pieces of furniture and chairs. Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage floor.
  • Replace hard plastic, metal castors, or wheels on furniture with soft rubber castors

Laminate Flooring Maintenance & Care Guide:

Platinum Flooring wants you to enjoy your laminate floor for many years. To help you maintain that “like new” look, we have penned down a few simple cleaning tips for you.

  • Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly using the wand attachment on your vacuum cleaner
  • Immediately wipe off wet areas from spills, muddy feet, and damp paws
  • It is recommended to place a mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture tracked into your home
  • Restrict the use of soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as they may leave a dull film on your laminate floor.
  •  Prohibit use of wax or polish on your floor.

How is polyurethane or other surface finishes maintained?

Dustmop, sweep, or vacuum regularly. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations (if known). In case regular cleaning no longer restores shine, re coat the floor with a surface finish. The frequency of re coating would depend on the amount of traffic on the floor. It is recommended to avoid usage of wax on surface-finished floor, or usage of any vinyl or tile floor care products on your wooden floor.

How are wax or penetrating-stain finishes maintained?

Dustmop or vacuum regularly, and use a buffer to maintain shine. It is advisable to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations (if known). Incase buffing the floor no longer restores shine; you may need to rewax your floor to restore its shine. In such a scenario, one would need to apply a cleaner and liquid wax (available for wooden flooring). Apply the wax evenly, allow the floor to dry, and buff to the desired luster. Depending on traffic, a properly maintained wood floor should need waxing once or twice a year. Be careful not to over-wax. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other low- traffic areas by applying wax half as often as in higher-traffic areas.

How can I clean a discolored or soiled wax finish?

In case the wax finish has discolored or has a dirt build-up over it, we would recommend using a combination of liquid cleaner/wax made specifically for wooden flooring. Make sure it is solvent rather than water-based. Spread the liquid cleaner/wax with a cloth or fine steel wool and rub gently to remove grime and old wax. Wipe the floor clean, let it dry for about 20 minutes, and then buff.

Can cleaning products for vinyl or tile floors be used on wood floors as well?

Using of vinyl or tile cleaning products on any type of wooden flooring is strictly prohibited. It is also advised to prohibit usage of self-polishing acrylic waxes on wood floors. These waxes cause wood to become slippery and dull. In this case, the floor must be sanded and refinished.

Can a wood floor be damp-mopped?

Using of a damp mop is verboten on a waxed wooden floor. When cleaning a surface-finished floor, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. You may generally use a dampened (near dry) mop to maintain a wooden floor; however excessive moisture can cause damage. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discoloring residue. If water spills on a wood floor, immediately wipe it up with a clean cloth.

How can I prevent scratches on my wooden flooring?

We would recommend placing of walk off rugs at doorways to help protect wood floors from grit, dirt and debris. Also, it is beneficial to place felt pads under furniture legs and vacuum/dust your wood floor regularly.