Care Guide

How to care for your wood floors

Unlike most floor coverings, wood floors are a long-term investment that, correctly maintained, will last the lifetime of the home. Fortunately for customers, Timberland Hardwood Floors Inc. offers a 3 step process utilizing the Pallmann hardwood floor care system.

         Unlike the past, when people had to get down on their hands and knees to buff and wax their floors, taking care of wood floors today requires little effort. The routine maintenance involves protecting the finishes from scratches and moisture.

         Our commitment to keeping your floors looking beautiful doesn’t stop after they’re finished. Proper floor care is the final step in the finishing system, protecting your investment and ensuring long-lasting beauty.

 

MAINTENANCE OF HARDWOOD FLOORS:
  1. Vacuum, dry mop or sweep to remove any loose dirt or grit. The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming with soft brush attachment on your vacuum.
  2. Spray a light mist on a 4’x6’ area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad with Pallmann, hardwood floor cleaner.
  3. Clean floor using a slightly dampened, well wrung-out Pallmann cleaning pad, thoroughly clean the floor clean the floor surface using your Pallmann mop. Finish one area before moving on to the next.

When your mop pad becomes soiled, rinse with water, thoroughly wring out the pad and continue cleaning your wood floors. When your mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder or replace with another clean mop pad. Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking. Your Pallmann cleaning pads are reusable and washable. (Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your microplus cleaning pad as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the fiber.

If a spill occurs, soak up liquid right away. Mist area with cleaner and wipe with your Pallmann floor cloth.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FOR CARE INCLUDE:

  1. Always make sure the Heating and air conditioning system is functioning properly. Maintain Humidity levels between 35% and 50 % year round. This will reduce most normal gaps which  are caused by seasonal fluctuations in relative humidity. Floors expand with high humidity and contract with low humidity. This type of expansion is contraction to be  normal  and expected for solid wood floors. In solid 2 ¼ wide flooring gaps may be the thickness of a dime (1/32 inch) or wider. Wider boards have even wider gaps. The use of Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can reduce fluctuations significantly.
  2. Place protective rugs or mats at all entrances. These rugs will help trap grit and also absorb moisture before either one has a chance to damage the floor. These should only be placed after the finish is fully cured. Take special precautions to non-skid pads that are frequently placed under area rugs. These pads may leave imprints on to the finish and wood floor. Also area rugs and furniture may cause color differences in floor due to differences in light exposure.
  3. Before furniture is placed on to the wood floor, floor protector pads should be installed on the bottom of all furniture.
  4. Floors may need to be recoated every 2-3 years, depending on wear.
  5. Pet nails need to be trimmed regularly to prevent finish and wood damage.

NEVER DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Never wet mop your wood floors. Standing water can dull the finish, cup the floor and leave discoloring residue.  
  2. Never slide any furniture on wood flooring. (refrigerator , table, couch, etc) This will dent, scratch and damage floors. Always protect before moving furniture.
  3. Never use house hold treatments on wood floors. ( ammonia , dust cleaners, etc)This may leave a contaminating residue on floors and may look cloudy. Improper treatment will void warranty.
  4. High heel shoes may leave dents in flooring if not protected on heal properly.
  5. Never shut down ventilation system for prolonged period of time.
  6. Never place rugs on floors until they are properly cured. Oil base finish- 30 days. Water base finish -14 days.