Taking Care of Your Floors

Tips for Protecting Your Hardwood Floors

  • Stainless steel or felt glides on the bottom of all movable chairs, tables, or other furniture will protect your floors from scratches (NOT RECOMMENDED: plastic, nylon, or wood-- these will cause scratches).

  • Cleats, sports shoes, and high heels can dent any floor surface but are especially damaging to hardwood floors. These should be removed before walking on your hardwood floors.

  • Put mats outside and inside entrances. This will prevent the build up of sand and dirt on the floor. Putting mats in front of the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and all kitchen work can help protect your floors from dropped utensils and spills of water, detergent, and food.

  • Avoid mats with rubber or other dense backing that prevent airflow.

  • Pet's nails can scratch wood floors. Keeping the pet's nails trimmed and filed will help protect the floor.

  • Maintain humidity levels between 40 and 50% for your own health as well as for the protection of your floor and other wood furniture. Use a hygrometer (relative humidity indicator) to check moisture content in the air to ensure that relative humidity is within the recommended range (easily available at most home improvement stores).

Tips for Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum your floors often. The best brooms are those with fine bristles. If you choose to vacuum, use a brush attachment. Beater bars can cause dents. Vacuums with bare floor attachments are the best choices.

  • ALWAYS wipe up spills from the floor as quick as possible.

  • When your floor needs more than sweeping or vacuuming, you can use a damp mop with a solution of 1/4 cup of white vinegar per 1 quart of warm water. Wring your mop out so it is damp, and ALWAYS swipe up any standing water with a towel. We also recommend using the many quality and natural products that can be ordered through Norwax. Many of our customers love the microfiber dust mop!

  •  NEVER use products such as glass and surface cleaners. Cleaners designed for tile floors or furniture polishes are also damaging to hardwood floors and should NOT be used.

  • When you start to see wear (a path that is full, but the non-traffic paths are still glossy), then it's time to put another coat of urethane on your floor. 

Questions about Floor Care?

Feel free to email us at toledohardwood@gmail.com or call us at 419-874-7376. Questions can also be submitted to our facebook or twitter pages. We're always happy to help you!