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problem prevention

To best protect your investment, it’s important to establish a cleaning routine and take measures to prevent everyday wear and tear.

Take a look at our recommended maintenance schedule here.

moisture management

Wood is an organic material that reacts to its environment. In humid environments, wood gains moisture and swells. In dry environments, wood loses moisture and shrinks. If the environment in which your wood floors are installed changes drastically, it can cause changes in your floors and the way they perform.

If your floors gain too much moisture, they can cup. This occurs across the width of the floor board, with edges that are raised on each board and centers that are lower than the edges. If your floors lose too much moisture, they can gap. This occurs between floor boards. Gaps can vary in size and are considered to be normal if they appear and disappear during normal seasonal changes. If the gaps in your floors are large or do not close during more-humid months, it’s time to call a professional.

Both of these issues can be minimized by keeping your home between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 30-50 percent humidity.

scratch prevention

To avoid scratches, put floor protector pads on the bottoms of the legs of any furniture that comes in direct contact with your floors. Avoid walking on floors with sports cleats or high-heeled shoes. But even if despite your best efforts, the floor becomes a toy car racetrack or tap dance floor, issues usually can be repaired.

When the floor begins to look a little dull, clean the floors with products recommended by your contractor, flooring manufacturer, or finish manufacturer. Using the wrong type of cleaning product could damage the finish and possibly the wood. If cleaning doesn’t revive the finish, it’s time to consult a professional.