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» Moisture Testing
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Getting It Done

» Preparing the Room/Smoothing The Subfloor
» Dealing With Moisture
» Installation of Hardwood Floors On Concrete
» Installation Prefinished Nail or Staple Down
» Installation of Floating Hardwood Floor 
» Maintaining the Floor

Additional Articles

» Finish your Hardwood Floors on Site
» Restoring old hardwood Floors
   

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Care of Hardwood Floors

• No wet swiffers

• No Murphys oil soap


Too many times consumers are led to believe Murphys oil soap  and wet swiffers can be used on hardwood floors. Having seen the effects both can have on prefinished and site finished floors we recommend you stay away completely . Unfortunately wet swiffers can cause damage to wood floors as we've learned through the many inspectors we know. Murphys on the other hand, will leave a residue build up and dull any hardwood floor surface appearance.

Hardwood flooring care and maintenance is just as important as making that decision to invest in one. Over the years I've seen some that were maintained beautifully and it shows.  On the other hand I've also seen those that were abused and no attention to preservation was considered.  Not only does cleaning play an important role to the longevity of your investment, but attention to damage prevention as well.  Here are several items to be considered that some salespeople may overlook.

  • Place bristle type mats at all exterior door entries.  These will collect larger pieces of grit or small stones.
  • Place area rugs at all entry points inside the home.
  • Felt pads are a great idea for placing under furniture legs, but keeping them free of grit is just as important.  Each time the floor is swept or cleaned check for any grit that may collect under a chair or furniture leg.
  • Place area rugs at all water areas.  Kitchens are most important in this case.  One may not be enough.  We also suggest others in front of the refer/ice maker, dishwasher, and kitchen sink area.
  • Any time appliances are moved please use some kind of protection to prevent scratches and gouges.  Appliance delivery guys are notorious for not taking the necessary precautions. 

 

 

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