Maintenance

maintenance

Engineered Hardwood Floors in Houston are very easily maintained. No wax, no mess. Simply
use Bona Hardwood & Laminate Floor cleaners and a terry cloth flooring mop.
STEP ONE: Sweep your floor to remove any particles that could scratch your floor.
Warning: Vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head can damage a wood
floor and should never be used.
STEP TWO: Apply the approved Bona Hardwood & Laminate Floor cleaners directly to the terry cloth flooring mop,not to the floor!

STEP THREE: Use a back and forth motion with the mop. When the terry cloth cover
becomes soiled, simply replace it with a clean one. Cleaning the floor with a soiled
cover could cause streaking. The covers are re-usable so simply throw the cover in the
wash and dry it as you would any towel. DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER when
washing terry cloth covers.
Tips & Warnings:
? Sweep regularly, with a soft bristle broom.
? Remove spills promptly and use Bona hardwood floor cleaners and a clean
white cloth.
? Use felt protectors under heavy pieces of furniture and chairs.
? Use protective mats at all exterior entrances. Do not use mats or area rug
cushions constructed of rubber or PVC. Instead use urethane backed
products.
? Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage your floor.
? Replace hard plastic, metal casters or wheels on furniture with soft rubber
casters or by using a protective mat under the casters.
? Never wet or damp mop your wood floors. Water can cause damage to
wood flooring.
? Never use oil soaps, wax, liquid or other household products to clean your
floor.
? The sun’s UV rays can change the color of your floor.
? Keep animal nails trimmed.
? Protect your floor when using a dolly for moving furniture or appliances.
Never slide or roll heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.
? Never use steam cleaners on your wood floors. This will force moisture
into the wood and cause damage to your flooring.
? Use protective window coverings to protect hardwood floors from
excessive heat during periods of direct sunlight.
Exterior and interior walk off mats should be used at all exterior entrance to avoid
exposure to moisture from tracking during periods of inclement weather. Walk off mats
should be routinely maintained to avoid becoming a soil source. Do not use mats or
under mat cushions constructed of rubber or PVC. Instead use urethane backed
products.
Hardwoods react to sunlight
Hardwood contains certain types of acids in their cellular structure. With exposure to
sunlight these acids begin to amber. The color change is referred to as patina. The
wood will reach its own natural warmth and patina level and stop ambering. The
amount of patina is directly related to the species, amount of acids and the level of
sunlight. The entire floor will reach the same patina level over time. This is often
noticed after a rug is removed and the floor is noticeably different in color underneath.
If you remove the rug and expose the entire floor to the same amount of light, it will
even out over time and become uniform in color.
Hardwood flooring will scratch and dent
With today’s active lifestyles it is important to note that hardwood flooring can, and will,
scratch and dent. See Tips & Warnings for protecting your hardwood floor. In order to
prevent excessive abuse the use of strategically placed mats and area rugs as well as
floor protectors on chair and table legs are a must.

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