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Reinhart Wood Floors, LLC carries numerous unusual items to complement your wood floors. Also see Tips & Highlights.

Shown right are wood vents. Beautiful atop paint (top), paneling or tile (bottom).

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

All hardwood floors, regardless of their finish, require care to maintain their beauty. Ensure your investment by following these guidelines for your new Urethane Finish wood floors.

  • Every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed, or swept with a soft bristle broom daily or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface. Walking on a dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish.

  • Place walk-off mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash, or vacuum mat and area rugs frequently. Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home, so to prevent premature wear of the floor, place an area rug in front of the sink and stove. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently. Place mats and throw rugs at doorways, exterior and interior, to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.

  • Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced.

  • Keep high heels in good repair. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor. Remember: cleats, sports shoes, and high heels can dent any floor surface.

  • When moving heavy furniture, protect wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth or pile under the legs or by covering each leg with a protective material.

  • Finally, using a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with a furnace or air conditioning system to maintain relative humidity in the home at 30-50%, will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimize cracks between the boards.

ROUTINE CLEANING

  • NEVER wax a urethane finish. NEVER use vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and finish the floor. Do not wet a wood floor with water. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discoloring residue. When using any wood floor cleaner which requires mixing with water, follow mixing directions precisely. A damp cloth, squeezed practically dry, may be used to wipe up foodstuffs and other spills, provided the area is buffed dry immediately. Heel or scuff marks and stubborn stains may be removed by lightly rubbing with a cloth and a wood floor cleaner.

LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE

  • Urethane finishes eventually will show wear patterns from surface scratching.When high traffic areas begin to look dull, it is time to recoat or restore the finish.