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Care & maintenance after flooring installation

Hardwood Floors

Do:

  • • Wipe up spills immediately.

  • • Use recommended hardwood floor cleaners.

  • • Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your hardwood floor once a week, or more, if needed. The vacuum head must be brush or felt.

  • • Use interior and exterior doormats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent them from being tracked onto the floor.

  • • 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.

  • • Place runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) along high traffic areas.

  • • Keep animal nails trimmed to prevent finish scratches.

  • • To prevent surface damage, avoid rolling heavy appliances and furniture on the floor. Use plywood hardboard or appliance lifts, if necessary.

  • • Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture legs.

  • • Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.

  • • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.

  • • Protect your floor from direct sunlight.


Don't:
  • • Use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) to clean your hardwood floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps or acidic materials such as vinegar.

  • • Allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time – wipe up immediately.

  • Walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes with heel taps, spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your shoe.
  • • Allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.

  • Use rubber, foam back or plastic mats as they may trap moisture and possibly discolor your floor.
  • • Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads while cleaning wood floors.


How to Clean Laminate Floors

  • • Use recommended Armstrong laminate floor cleaners.

  • • Vacuum, use a dust mop or wipe with a damp cloth.

  • • For spills, just wipe up with a cloth or sponge.

  • • Allow time for floor to dry after washing.

  • • Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet.

How to Protect Laminate Floors

  • • Place a natural or colorfast mat at outside entrances to collect tracked-in dirt and absorb excess moisture.

  • • For added indentation resistance, use Armstrong or Bruce felt floor protectors on chairs and other furniture. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector should be.