How do I care for my new hardwood floor?

Caring for hardwood floors is easy. Frequent sweeping or vacuuming (with soft attachments) to remove loose dirt and soil is generally all that is required. For more information, see our Hardwood Care and Maintenance section on pages 46-47.

What can I do to minimize scratches and indentations on my new hardwood floor?

The finish on hardwood floors provides greater resistance to everyday household scratches. Remember to use floor protectors under the feet of your furniture. If you have casters on furniture, make sure they are barrel type wheels (a minimum of 1" continuous width is recommended). When moving furniture, use extra caution. Never drag furniture to a new location, always lift. Also, be aware that certain shoe types like stiletto heels can damage hardwood because of the pressure exerted through them. And finally, if you have pets, remember to keep their nails trimmed.

What changes will I see over the years in my hardwood floor?

Wood is a natural product and will react to changes in its environment. The cure is to minimize humidity changes. A constant humidity of 50% with a temperature of 69º-70º F will lend stability to your floor. Direct sunlight can affect color, so it's a good idea to move area rugs and furniture periodically to allow for even color changes. Remember, hardwood is a natural product and develops a warm, beautifully aged patina over the years when given proper care.

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