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Care and Maintenance of Hardwood

Our Solid, Laminated and Bamboo Wood Floors offer a durable finish that repels most household chemicals and is easily maintained.

Care and Precautions:

  • All entrances should provide outside mats to keep dirt and grit off floor.
  • Sweep or vacuum as often as necessary to remove any loose dirt or grit before it can scratch the floor.
  • Wipe up spills as quickly as possible. Water and hardwood floors don't mix.
  • To avoid excessive shrinkage, cracking, swelling or cupping, keep the humidity between 35% and 65%. This can be accomplished with air conditioning.
  • As the wood in your new floor ages or is affected by ultra violet light, it may change in color as it gains its final character and patina. Certain species of wood, such as Cherry may change color more than others.
  • Do not use ammonia, pine soap, oil soap, chlorine bleach or any abrasive cleaners.
  • Do not wax your floor as it may become slippery.
  • Vacuum regularly, as often as you vacuum carpets; a brush attachment works well.

Care and Maintenance of Carpet

  • Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Most of the wear of carpeting is caused by dirt. Oily soils attract more oily soil and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.
  • Get at stains quickly, 99% of all stains can be removed by one cleaning agent or another if they are cleaned in the first few days. The longer a stain chemically reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it.
  • Test carpet before scrubbing, extracting or spotting. All carpets are different. Some carpets are very sensitive to acid type cleaners and will lose their color quickly. Other carpet dyes are sensitive to harsh alkalis.
  • Use appropriate spotters starting with the mildest. Do not use harsh spotting agents unless absolutely necessary and always neutralize high alkaline or high acid cleaners after use.
  • Never dig or brush spots. The proper procedure is to scrape the spot towards the middle and then tamp the spot into the white towel or cloth using a brush or other tamping devices. A meat tenderizer makes a great tamping tool.
  • Do not overuse detergents, shampoos or spotters. Too much detergent will result in residual left in the carpet that even thorough vacuuming may not remove.
  • Do not overwet carpet. Carpet detergents are chemically active enough so they do not need a tremendous amount of wetting. Over-wetting can cause brownout, carpet shrinkage, adhesion problems and all other kinds of nightmares.
  • Extract residual if possible. Rotary scrubbing will clean the carpet fibers the best by encapsulating dirt and detergent residue, which powders off the carpet. Periodic extraction will flush out this dirt and other organisms deep in the carpet.
  • Never "coat" a dirty or spotty carpet. After scrubbing or extracting a dirty carpet, if you are not satisfied with the results, do not apply a coat of carpet protector as this will result in "gluing in the dirt" making it harder to remove it the next time. Either re-scrub or extract the carpet or leave the carpet until the next cleaning cycle before you coat.
  • Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. It is so important it deserves two recommendations. Vacuum frequently and thoroughly.
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About Lifetime Floors
About Lifetime FloorsLifetime Floors has been manufacturing hardwood, laminate and bamboo flooring for over 20 years.
AccessoriesLifetime Floors has an entire inventory of moldings, transitions and other accessories to finish your flooring.