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Spring-Cleaning Tips: Clean Your Hardwood Floors

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While you’re spring-cleaning this season, don’t forget about your hardwood floors! Dirty and dull floors are out of season. But before you start mopping, make sure you’re cleaning your hardwood floors right, so you don’t damage them. Here is a step-by-step guide of how to get that beautiful gleam back in your floors:

Clean Hardwood Floors the Right Way

  • First make sure to sweep, vacuum or dust any crumbs or particles off of the floor.
  • Then, make sure to determine the type of finish your floor is sealed with. This can determine which type of solution you clean with.
  • SVB recommends using cleaners specifically made for your floor type. For most of the floors we install, that would be urethane treated floors. We highly recommend Bona hardwood floor cleaning products.
  • Remember that water is wood’s worst enemy; so be sure to use a damp mop, not a soaking wet one.
  • Mop in the direction of the wood grain
  • When the cleaning solution is dirty, empty the bucket out and mix a new solution

 

If you’ve followed all these steps and still don’t see the results you were hoping for, you might look into refinishing your hardwood floor. SVB offers the Bona Atomic Dust Containment System, or DCS, which refinishes your hardwood floors with no dust residue. Dustless sanding is also a quick process, which allows your family to continue living their lives uninterrupted.

What NOT to Do

We just gave you a step-by-step process of how to deep clean your hardwood floor, but we think it’s just as important to know what not to do. Make sure you steer clear of these things which can damage hardwood floors:

  • Don’t let debris like sand or dirt build up on your floor. It can scratch and scuff the wood’s finish like sandpaper.
  • Don’t let pet’s claws get too long. They can scratch floors.
  • Don’t wear sharp heels on wood floors.
  • Don’t use harsh household cleaners, such as those containing oils, soaps, or waxes. Cleaners that aren’t made specifically for wood floors can dull the floor’s finish.
  • Don’t use steam cleaners on hardwood floors. The excessive heat and moisture can lead to cupping and long-term damage.

 

Happy spring-cleaning! Call SVB Wood Floors if you need help caring for your hardwood floors at, (913) 213-5187.

Hardwood Floor Care Instructions

floor-careWe know your hardwood floors are an investment. Our commitment to making your hardwood floors last doesn’t stop when our work is finished. By following these few simple suggestions you can enjoy the beauty and warmth of your wood flooring for years to come.

Steps to Take to Keep Your Wood Floor Beautiful

CLEAN regularly by vacuuming, sweeping, or dust mopping to maintain the floor finish. General cleaning once every week is recommended. Always use cleaners specifically made for urethane treated floors. (SVB WOOD FLOOR SERVICE INC., recommends Bona hardwood floor cleaning products)

REMOVE spills promptly with a soft damp or dry cloth. Sweep or vacuum for dry spills.

RUGS & MATS extend the life of your new wood floor. Use at entryways, the end of steps, bathroom exits or other high traffic or moisture areas. All rugs should allow floor to breathe. Avoid rubber-backed or non-ventilated rugs. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently. Wait 2-3 weeks after floor has been finished before using area rugs or mats. This will allow the floor to get the proper air to cure. Air flow helps the curing process.

FURNITURE should not be put back in place until 36 – 48 hours after floor is finished. Attach felt pad floor protectors to the bottom of furniture. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced. Carry furniture to its place and lightly set down. Do not slide or scoot furniture across flooring.

MAINTAIN the relative humidity in your home between 35% & 55% using a humidifier during the winter months. Excessive swings in humidity levels will cause wood floors to swell, shrink, cup, crack and show excessive expansion cracks between boards. Since the wood is susceptible to the humidity in the air, natural wood fibers will pull in moisture, causing the wood to expand in the spring and summer months. During the winter months when the house is dry, there will be a shrinking effect in the width of the boards. A humidifier will help stabilize this condition. Wood floors need to be able to expand and contract with temperature and humidity. Expansion cracks from summer to winter are a natural trait of wood floors.

Steps to Avoid to Keep from Damaging Your Wood Floor

DO NOT let sand, dirt, or grit build up on your floor. They can act like a sand paper, abrading and dulling your floor finish.

DO NOT walk on your wood floors with high heels. They can severely damage your finish.

DO NOT let your pets claws go untrimmed. Proper claw trimming helps avoid scratches and gouges.

DO NOT use wax, oil soap or other harsh household cleaners on finished wood floors. They can dull the floor finish and make refinishing difficult.

DO NOT mop floors too much water can cause the floor to swell or warp.

Common Household Accidents & Remedies

GREASE SPOTS: To remove grease, tar, or oil, wipe with a cloth dampened with the appropriate floor cleaner, followed by buffing with a clean, dry cloth.

FOOD, WATER, PET SPOTS: Remove with a damp cloth, followed by buffing with a clean cloth.

WAX OR CHEWING GUM: Apply crushed ice contained in a plastic bag, until material is brittle enough to crumble off the floor surface. Remove any remaining material using a cloth dampened with a mild cleaning solution, then buff with a clean, dry cloth.

STUBBORN STAINS, SPILLS: Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with the appropriate floor cleaner.

SVB WOOD FLOOR SERVICE, INC. recommends Bona hardwood floor cleaning products. This product can be purchased from us in the form of a complete hardwood floor care system which includes 1- mop head, 1- pole, 1- microfiber cleaning pad, 1- 32oz spray bottle and 1- microfiber dusting pad. Replacement refills are available in 32oz. spray bottles or by the gallon.Our water based, non-toxic cleaner is designed for polyurethane-finished hardwood floors. Unlike all-purpose cleaners and oil soaps, it quickly cleans tough stains and spills.

Follow These 3 Easy Steps When Cleaning Your Wood Floors:

1. Vacuum or sweep floor removing any loose dirt or grit.

2. Lightly mist a 4′ x 6′ area of your floor using your Bona spray bottle.

3. Using a slightly dampened, well wrung-out Bona Micro Plus cleaning pad, thoroughly clean the floor in a back and forth motion using your Bona Micro Plus mop. Finish one area before moving on to the next.

For wax and tung oil, and any other finishes not mentioned, please call our office for further information. To purchase any cleaning supplies, please call our office and we will provide you with the necessary products and information to maintain your hardwood floors. Our office number is (913) 213-5187 or (816) 965-8655.

Commercial Gym Floor Installation: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you need a hardwood floor for basketball, a multi-purpose room, a gymnasium, a dance studio or something else, SVB Wood Floors can help. We are experts at installing new gym floor systems, as well as repairing and refinishing old ones. Our dedicated team tackles every job head-on, with a detailed plan and system that pleases every time. If you’re in the market for a new gym floor, here is everything you need to know:

A picture of a hardwood gym floor systemWhen It Comes to Kansas City Gym Floors, It’s All About the Wood

At SVB Wood Floors, we take pride in providing the highest quality hard wood floors, gym floors included. That’s why we use only the best maple planks. It is the preferred flooring choice for most gymnasiums because of its dense, strong and durable characteristics. It’s also coveted for its bright, rich yellow color. It has a way of making game lines and logos pop.

Hardwood Floor Installation is a System

A gym floor is so much more than just a floor. It really is a system. The design and installation need to be in harmony for a floor to turn out truly beautiful and functional. Before we install a gym hardwood floor, we take into consideration load distribution, shock absorption, vibration control, resiliency, moisture resistance, and more. Then we work with you to decide what type of system will perform the best for its intended purpose. You can choose from a floating floor system, a fixed floor system or a fixed resilient floor system. Read more about our commercial gym floor repair and installation on our website.

Colors, Court Lines & Logos Top Off Our Sports Court Systems

We are a full-service hardwood floor company. We don’t just quit after the wood planks are in place; we finish the job with all the add-ons. You pick the accent colors, game lines, and logo, and we’ll make sure it looks perfect before we leave.

Quick Turnaround on Hardwood Commercial and Gym Floor Installation

When it’s all said and done, we not only provide the best quality wood floors, we also perform when it comes to service. We have the fastest turnaround in the area. We deliver your finished floor by the project deadline; period. You’ll never see us lingering around, hurrying to finish the job. Avoid these 3 Major Problems Caused by a Poorly Installed Hardwood Floor, by leaving the job to professionals.

 

To get started on your new hardwood gym floor, call SVB Wood Floors today, at (913) 213-5187.