Care & Tips
DON'T EVER WAX YOUR HARDWOOD
FLOORS. We have come a long way in the last 50
years and now that is the worst thing to use.
easiest way to take care of your floor is to use a dust mop, a swiffer, or even
a broom to keep rocks and dirt off. Then for light mopping you can use a "Wet
Jet" swiffer. They even make a hardwood flooring solution that looks good
but doesn't have a lot of buildup.
cleaning use a little ammonia and water (Don't flood). The floors finish cleans
very easily and you shouldn't need anything harsher.
For small scratches you can use fine sand paper (220 grit) and sand out the scratch
(always sand with the grain). Then use a little neutral or natural stain applied,
with a rag, after a few minutes wipe off the excess. Then finally use an aerosol
can of Varathane brand finish (silver can). Make sure it's water cleanup and satin
(you can get this at SBS), then lightly spray the area.
you would like to really freshen up your floor we can do a "screen and coat",
this process is great for stretching out the life of your floor between refinishes.
Generally, on a heavily used floor, have this done every two years or as needed.
We lightly sand the entire floor, getting out scratches and marks, then apply
another coat of finish. This process is usually completed in one day and you can
be back on your floor that evening.
finish dries within three hours but can take up to a month to cure completely,
so we recommend that if you have animals have their nails clipped at the time
of sanding so the floor has time to cure before they attack it.
It's a good idea to keep rugs off for the first month, that way the finish can
cure evenly (not required but recommended). Dark woods like Brazilian cherry will
also darken over the first six months due to UV rays, so any flooring under rugs
will stay the original color while the rest will darken.
avoid scratches in finish due to chairs and other furniture, we recommend felt
pads that can be found at any hardware store. Even Fred Meyers has a good selection.
For wooden chairs the nail on type seems to stay on the best.