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HARDWOOD CARE & MAINTENANCE

Keep your hardwood flooring looking its best by following our care & maintenance guide.

Daily care & maintenance

To protect your hardwood floor and preserve its beauty, you should establish a proper care & maintenance routine to keep your flooring looking its best. 

Routine care instructions:

  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • For tough stains, use Shaw's R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner.
  • Do not use any type of buffing machine.
  • Use protective mats at each doorway and encourage the removal of shoes prior to entering your home. 
  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 45 and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
  • Use a dolly when moving heavy furniture or appliances. 
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Dealing with spills & stains

  • Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor.
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent the accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.