How to Care for Your Newly Finished or Refinished Wood
Floor for the First Week
Congratulations on your decision to (install/refinish your) natural wood flooring. We hope you’re delighted with the results, and will be thrilled with your decision for many years.
To make sure that your floor stays beautiful for years to come, we’re giving you a series of floor care guides that will teach you how to protect, maintain and clean your floor. Because all this information can be overwhelming, today we’re only going to focus on what you should and shouldn’t do the very first week.
NEW FLOOR GUIDELINES
- For the first seven days, your new floor is not yet completely hardened. It is vulnerable to damage from things that wouldn’t hurt it at all in a couple of weeks.
- Don’t walk on it for 24 hours after we leave.
- Don’t clean the floor right away. No mopping or vacuuming at all during the first week. Absolutely no spraying with Pledge or Endust or anything like that. If you limit traffic on the floor, it shouldn’t get very dirty at all.
- When you do wipe or mop the floor, don’t use water and soap. Clean it only with the recommended cleaning solution and mop head. No Murphy’s Oil Soap, no Mop & Glow!
- It’s OK if the floor receives direct sunlight once the first coat has completely dried.
- The smell of the finish will go away – we promise! Water-based polyurethane odor dissipates in 2-3 days, while the aroma of oil-based polyurethane will be gone within about a week.
- If you see a problem with the wood or the finish, call us immediately. Please do not place tape or Post-it notes on the floor to mark a spot. We’ve seen scotch tape pull the finish right off a new floor.
- Do not tape paper runners on top of the newly finished floor.
- If you have pets, make sure their nails or claws are clipped before they are permitted to walk on the floor. Keep them clipped!
- If someone in your house wears high heels, keep them in good condition. The metal spike in the heel can destroy a wood floor if it is allowed to poke out of the heel.
- Cleaning solution 1/4 cup vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water, spray on and wipe off with a towel.