Care And Maintenance of Hardwood

Care & Maintenance of
Hardwood Flooring

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Protect the natural beauty of your hardwood flooring

Shaw Hardwood products, with their DuraShield finish, provide superior wear; easy, no-wax care; plus superior resistance to staining from all common household products such as coffee, shoe polish, lipstick, acetone, mustard, and more. A few simple maintenance steps, however, will help protect your investment and keep your Shaw Hardwood flooring looking like new.

For cleaning, make sure you...

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 accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.
Periodically clean the floor with R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner from Shaw's line of floor covering care products.

While cleaning is easy, there are a few things to avoid:

  • Don't use oil based, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
  • Don't use steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Don't wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • Don't use any type of buffing machine.

Other 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

Good quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that can otherwise be tracked onto your flooring. Do not use rubber- or foam-backed plastic mats as they may discolor the flooring. To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.

Use Floor Protectors on Furniture

Use floor protectors and wide-load-bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector should be.

Maintain relative humidity level

Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 45 and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
  • Heating Season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
  • Non Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating system can maintain humidity during the summer months. Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.

Other Hardwood Care Tips

Avoid sharp objects
While your Shaw Hardwood floor is one of the most wear resistant floors on the market, sharp or pointed objects can damage it nonetheless.

Watch your feet
Don't walk on your flooring with stiletto-style heels, spiked golf shoes, or cleats. They may cause indentations in your flooring.

Watch your pet's feet
Keep your pet's nails trimmed to keep them from scratching your flooring.

Rearrange your rugs and furniture
Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the flooring to age evenly. UV sunlight will soften the tone of different species of hardwood to varying degrees.

Protect the floor when moving
Use a dolly when moving heavy furniture or appliances. But first, put down a sheet of quarter-inch plywood or Masonite to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across the floor.

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Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

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Hardwood

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Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Shaw’s laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Resilient Vinyl

Today’s resilient is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Resilient floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. And Shaw’s resilient wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

Ceramic Tile

Chic and very low-maintenance, tile is the go-anywhere floor. Shaw’s tile and stone products come in lovely designs that range from the urban and sophisticated to the laid-back and casual—with trim collections that are simply stunning. Plus, Shaw’s tile in hardwood designs makes it possible for you to put the charm of wood anywhere you like, indoors or out.

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A man cave should reflect the man’s personality and tastes. Although there are some masculine commonalities, each man cave will sport features displaying unique preferences. And women, beware: you won’t find ruffled curtains at man cave windows. Don’t even mention them! You’ll need to give your man latitude to design his space his way, even though it can be a cooperative effort.

Where to find the space for a man cave? Depending on your budget and home size, you might use an existing room to dedicate to the purpose, or you could add onto your house (which can incur substantial expense and requires a building permit). For the purposes of this article, we will assume you have an area in your home that you can turn into the perfect cave.
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You’re about to enter into an exciting, creative and yes, somewhat stressful phase: you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and proceed with your home renovation! In the coming months, you will be faced with countless design decisions that, while they may seem overwhelming at the time, will ultimately give you the home of your dreams.

One of the biggest and earliest decisions you will have to make regarding your home renovation is choosing the proper flooring. And it should come as a surprise to no one that hardwood floors and carpeting are hands down the most popular choices for floor surface coverings. But many homeowners in the midst of a renovation struggle with which floor type works best for their home and its unique needs.

Here is a simple way to get started in deciphering on which type of floor covering is perfect for your home:

Hardwood Floor
Let’s face it—hardwood floor certainly has a reputation for being the most desired floor covering surface. And why not—it is timeless and gives you limitless versatility from a design perspective.

But hardwood floor is more than just a pretty face! Not only do you get the prestige of having a high end surface covering for your home, it is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain! With a hardwood floor, it is also the flooring option for your home that has a lengthy life.

Is being “green” a top priority for you? Then hardwood floor is the way to go! Many types of hardwoods are composed of natural materials, and it is easy to find a flooring manufacturer whose products are environmentally friendly.

Carpeting
If you like the words soft, comfortable, and warm, and want them to be incorporated into your home’s remodel, then carpeting is the flooring choice for you! It also may be the friendlier choice for your wallet as well—carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials on the market today.

Not only is carpeting soft and inviting for your home, it is also the preferred flooring choice when safety and quiet are essential to a homeowner. Accident damage is less likely when carpeting is covering the floor instead of hardwood (if you have active children running around the house, for example!), and of course, carpeting absorbs sound beautifully, making your home a peaceful and silent retreat.


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