Hardwood Floor Care Guide


Solid wood floors, when properly finished, are among the easiest to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, routine cleaning.
First of all, preventing damage to your hardwood floor finish will help protect the wood.

Dirt and Grit: Dust, dirt, grit and sand are tough on hardwood floors.
They act like sandpaper on the finish, causing scratches, dents and
dulling. Place floor mats at entrances to trap dirt and prevent damage.

Water and other spills: Standing water can eventually penetrate the finish and warp a Hardwood floor and cause the wood to blacken over extended and repeated exposure. Simply wipe up all spills as they happen. Water on a wax finish can cause the finish to turn white.

Floor Cleaners: Avoid oil soaps or any product that leaves a residue. They can build up and dull the finish also creating potential problems when it’s time to put maintenance coat on the floor. Instead, neutral pH cleaners made specifically for wood floors are recommended. A solution of a small amount of vinegar to a bucket of water can also be used. Remember to wring your rag or mop out very well before washing floor, it should only be damp to the touch and follow behind with a dry cloth. Never use liquid on Wax.

Furniture: Lift the furniture and move it; avoid dragging. Felt contacts under legs will help prevent scratches. Never roll or slide Refrigerator without hard surface protection.

Sun light: Direct sun light will often bleach or lighten most domestic woods and darken many of the exotic species. This in extreme cases is only aesthetics. Move rugs a couple inches every few months to avoid a stark line.

Use the following suggestions for regular care of your hardwood floor.

  1.   Routine sweeping with a fine broom or using a cotton dust mop works effectively to trap dust and grit.
  2.   Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.
  3.   Never use a vacuum with a beater brush on it as this can cause dents in the floor.
  4.   Liquid cleaners can be used as a spot cleaning or on the entire floor as needed base on your life style.


Is it time for a new coat of finish on your floor?
Wood floors that have lost their sheen or show significant wear can be restored to their original beauty. Screening and recoating is a simple, cost effective way to maintain your wood floor. Our team of professionals come in and screen (scuff sand) the top layer of finish and apply a new coat of finish. This quick process is a great way to revitalize your wood floor. If your floor is more significantly worn a full sanding may be necessary. In this case our professional team will come in and machine sand the floor, removing all the old finish and exposing the wood. Several coats of finish are then applied to make your floor look new again. Our goal is to help you achieve the quality and look you want your floor to have.

Call Custom Installations today at 320-327-2300 to get a quote on screening or sanding your floor.