Tips and advice that will make it easier to care for your hardwood floor

  • In order to maintain the appearance of your hardwood floor, it is important to keep the relative humidity of your home at the recommended level (between 45% and 55%) at all times.
  • Use a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity. This device will tell you if the air is too humid or not humid enough, and allow you to determine whether specific measures are required, and if so, which measures.
  • Hardwood is a natural product, which means that your floor will be constantly expanding and contracting throughout the seasons and based on normal heating cycles. The ambient air is often drier during the winter (heating period). The use of a wood stove, a gas stove or any other heat source may exacerbate this condition. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a humidifier during the winter. The air is much more humid in the summer, and often necessitates the use of an air conditioner, a dehumidifier or an air exchanger, or airing out the various rooms in order to decrease the level of humidity in your home.
  • The ambient temperature in the home should be kept at a comfortable level, between 18° C and 22° C.
  • Vacuum regularly in order to avoid accumulations of abrasive sand and dust, which can damage your floor.
  • Use outdoor mats and indoor rugs at all entrances to prevent sand and dirt from accumulating on your floor.
  • If your floor has a latex finish, allow a period of between 7 and 30 days for it to cure (depending on the type of varnish used) before washing your floor.
  • Use cleaning and maintenance products that are specially designed for hardwood floors (e.g.: Finitec or Preverco maintenance products). These products will preserve the original look and finish of your floor without leaving behind a waxy build-up.
  • For stubborn stains, use a solution of vinegar, paint thinner or lighter fluid, always in very small quantities, and only on the stained area. The use of a vinegar-based solution is not recommended for regular maintenance. The acidity could damage the finish and cause the varnish to yellow. Use a bag containing ice cubes or lighter fluid to remove sticky residue from your floor. Use a rug in front of your kitchen sink and dishwasher and in kitchen work areas in order to protect the floor against dropped utensils and the splattering of water, detergent and food particles.
  • Use waterproof dishes under potted plants in order to prevent accidental spills. Choose pots with a waterproof glaze instead of those made from porous ceramic, which can allow water to seep through.
  • Use felt pads under the feet of your furniture, and protect your floor when moving pieces of furniture around.
  • Replace plastic rollers with large rubber rollers or soft polyurethane rollers.
  • Avoid wearing spiked heels, because they apply a great deal of pressure and may leave permanent marks in you floor.
  • Be sure you pets have their nails clean and properly clipped, because they can damage the finish. Avoid playing with your pets in rooms with hardwood flooring. Place a small carpet or place mat beneath your pet’s food dish and water bowl.
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight and intense artificial light sources, which can change the colour of the exposed wood. This is a normal and natural phenomenon. The lighter the wood, the more noticeable the colour change.
  • Change the position of rugs and furniture occasionally, and minimize light sources in order to keep colour changes the same throughout the floor.
  • If your pre-varnished hardwood floor gets damaged, it is important to understand that the damaged planks can be replaced quite easily. Don’t hesitate to call us. We will be delighted to provide you with the right advice concerning this type of repair.
  • All of our suppliers apply rigorous quality control throughout the manufacturing process, but it is important to remember that wood is a natural product that may contain imperfections (natural characteristics of wood). Variations in quality up to 5% of the installed quantity are considered to be acceptable in the industry.

Situations to be avoided

  • Never pour cleaning products directly onto your floor.
  • Hardwood floors and water don’t mix! Do not soak your floor while cleaning, and do not use a wet mop. Quickly wipe up any liquid that is spilled on your floor.
  • Never use wax, oil-based detergent or any other household cleaner on your floor. These types of products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film that will make the floor slippery, make maintenance more difficult and prevent refinishing of the varnish.
  • Do not use rubber-backed carpets or densely woven materials that prevent the floor from breathing and trap abrasive dirt particles and humidity.
  • Avoid increasing or decreasing the thermostat for a radiant heating system by more than 2.8° C per day when opening or closing the system.
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