How Do I Care for My New Hardwood Floor?

Follow these recommendations and your hardwood floor will look fresh for years to come!

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Shaw Sequoia Hickory Bravo Mixed Width Hardwood

  • Use Felt Pads - Attach felt pads underneath all furniture that comes in direct contact with the hardwood floor to prevent scratches or damage to the floor.
  • No H2O - Never clean or wet mop with water.  Water may permanently damage the floor.
  • No Harsh Cleaners - Never use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor. In other words, no ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar.  Many of these products can pit or etch the finish of your flooring or prevent the proper use of recommended maintenance materials.
  • Wand is Preferred - You can vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor as needed.  The vacuum head must be a soft brush or felt - wand attachment is preferable. Above all, do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads.  A hardwood floor swivel-head mop with a terry cloth or microfiber cover comes highly recommended to eliminate the finer particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
  • Use Doormats - Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the hardwood floor. Consequently, extra cleaner or moisture left on the hardwood floor may damage the fibers of the wood.
  • Try Area Rugs - Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high traffic areas. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment. In particular, do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.
  • Trim Animal Nails - Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches.
  • Pay Attention to Shoe Bottoms - Be careful not to damage your floor with shoes having heel tap/spike/stilettos or sharp objects protruding from the sole, such as rocks, exposed nails, gravel etc.
  • Heavy Lifting - Do not roll or slide heavy objects directly upon the floor.  When moving appliances or heavy furniture, consider laying a solid protective covering on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it.  Carpet or cardboard is not adequate to prevent surface compression scratches.  Also, replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
  • Sun Protection - Protect your floor from direct sunlight with curtains or UV-resistant film on large glass doors and windows. Also, keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
  • Refinish Hardwood - Every hardwood floor is coated with a tough polyurethane finish that does, regrettably, wear out over time. However, all it needs is hardwood refinishing to restore its beauty, luster and durability. Fortunately, this affordable process costs just a fraction of what it would cost to rip out the existing floor and completely replace it with a brand-new hardwood floor.

Creative Carpet & Flooring offers hardwood refinishing to homeowners in Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, Illinois and many other nearby Chicagoland communities.  We also service Highland, St. John, Munster, Schererville, Crown Point, and most of Northwest Indiana.

Our craftsmen who do the work are state-licensed, insured and have had many years of onsite experience at bringing dull, lackluster flooring back to life. We work quickly to minimize your family’s inconvenience. In addition, we leave your home with a revitalized hardwood floor that looks every bit as pristine as when your floor was originally installed.

Want more information? Phone us, e-mail us or stop in to our showroom in Mokena, IL or Highland, IN at your convenience to discuss your need for hardwood refinishing with one of our expert craftsmen.

Let Us Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

Creative Carpet & Flooring offers hardwood refinishing to homeowners in Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, Illinois and many other nearby Chicagoland communities. 

We also service Highland, St. John, Munster, Schererville, Crown Point, and most of Northwest Indiana. 

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