Follow these tips, and your hardwood floor will maintain its fresh appearance for years to come!

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Shaw Sequoia Hickory Bravo Mixed Width Hardwood

Use Felt Pads:
Place felt pads under all furniture that directly touches your hardwood floor to prevent scratches and damage.
Avoid Excessive Water:
Never clean or wet mop your floor with water, as it can cause permanent damage.
Stay Away from Harsh Cleaners:
Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials like vinegar. These can harm the floor finish.
Use a Wand Attachment:
When cleaning, vacuum, sweep, or dust mop as needed. A vacuum with a soft brush or felt-wand attachment is preferable. Avoid vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. Consider using a hardwood floor swivel-head mop with a terry cloth or microfiber cover to remove fine dirt particles.
Use Doormats:
Place interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture, preventing damage to your hardwood floor.
Consider Area Rugs:
Use area rugs in front of kitchen sinks, pivot points, and high-traffic areas. Ensure the rugs are made of breathable materials to prevent moisture entrapment. Avoid rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.
Trim Animal Nails:
Keep your pets' nails trimmed to minimize scratches on the floor finish.
Watch Shoe Bottoms:
Be cautious with shoes that have heel taps, spikes, stilettos, or sharp objects on the soles to avoid damaging the floor.
Handle Heavy Objects Carefully:
Don't roll or slide heavy objects directly on the floor. Use a protective covering when moving appliances or heavy furniture, and replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber ones.
Protect from Sunlight:
Use curtains or UV-resistant film on large glass doors and windows to shield your floor from direct sunlight. Maintain indoor humidity between 35% and 55%.
Consider Refinishing:
Over time, the polyurethane finish on your hardwood floor may wear out. Consider hardwood refinishing to restore its beauty, luster, and durability. Creative Carpet & Flooring offers this service to homeowners in Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homer Glen, Illinois, and many other nearby Chicagoland communities, as well as Highland, St. John, Munster, Schererville, Crown Point, and most of Northwest Indiana.

Our experienced craftsmen are state-licensed and insured, with years of onsite experience in rejuvenating lackluster flooring. We work efficiently to minimize disruption to your family and leave your home with a revitalized hardwood floor that looks as pristine as the day it was installed.

For more information, feel free to contact us by phone or email or visit our showrooms in Mokena, IL, or Highland, IN, at your convenience to discuss your hardwood refinishing needs with our expert craftsmen.