22 Mar How do I care for and maintain my hardwood flooring?

To help ensure the health, happiness and longevity of your hardwood flooring, here are some recommendations Capozza Tile and Flooring Center has for its proper care and maintenance:

Sweep and/or vacuum twice a week using a soft-bristle brush, broom or felt vacuum. Using felt floor protectors on all furniture legs will protect your floor from scratches.  As hardwood is a natural product that will expand and contract year-round with changes in humidity, levels should be maintained at 35% -55% consistently year-round in your home.  Changes in moisture will cause shrinking and swelling and will result in cupping, cracking and gapping in your wood flooring.  Use of humidifiers and dehumidifiers will ensure these levels are consistent.

A very unhappy hardwood floor that depicts cupping damage.

 
Residential Blog Hardwood Photo #2 optionalIn addition to maintaining humidity levels, the temperature in your home should be maintained at 60-75 °consistently year-round as extreme temperatures changes can also cause cupping, cracking and gapping in your wood flooring.Spills should be wiped up promptly with a soft cloth as they happen to avoid staining and/or damage.  The use of cleaners, such as oil soap, pine soap, lemon oil, chlorine bleach and/or ammonia-based cleaners, are not recommended as they will change your floor finish. For a complete list of our Hardwood Flooring Care and Maintenance recommendations, please download our free guide at the end of this post.

A gorgeous and happy hardwood floor that is maintained well and cared for.

 
Residential Blog Hardwood Photo #2Capozza Tile and Flooring Center offers a vast array of hardwood, both solid and engineered, as well as tile, luxury vinyl planks, laminates and cork that have beautiful wood looks. Please visit our showroom to see our samples and discuss with our Sales Specialists which flooring option is best for your project’s needs.  And, our Project Managers will coordinate and oversee the installation of any of our flooring products.

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