Natural Wood Flooring Care

Hickory Hardwood

According to the National Association of Home Builders all-natural wood flooring has a life expectancy of 100+ years, as long as you maintain it properly. Today we thought we would share some of the beautiful hardwood floors installed in our projects and maintenance tips from the National Wood Flooring Association.

With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional. There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.

  • Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  • Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
  • Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
  • Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
  • Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become embedded on the pad and act like sandpaper on the flooring surface.
  • Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
  • When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
  • For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks.

Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. is a general contractor specializing in the building of fine custom homes and remodeling projects of all kinds. We serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana location. We are licensed to build in both Michigan and Indiana. As a full-service builder and remodeler, we offer one of the most comprehensive project-management packages in Michiana. Our trained staff is on site daily to oversee every aspect of the project, sparing our client’s from typical nightmares others have experienced. With the benefit of over 48 years of true custom home building experience, we have the knowledge it takes to build today’s complex home.  Thinking of building a new home or perhaps remodeling? We invite you to experience the Martin Brothers Difference, where every home we build is a true reflection of the homeowner.


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