How Do I Care for My New Hardwood?

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

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: 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 brush or felt - wand attachment is preferable.  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.  Extra cleaner/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. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.  The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.

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 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. 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 and 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 and 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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