FLOORS 101: MAINTENANCE AND CARE (BY TYPE)

Your new Floors Etc. flooring represents a substantial investment in your home. An investment that you’ll want to keep looking its best for many years to come. No flooring lasts forever, but by following the maintenance tips outlined below, you’ll extend the life and beauty of your floor.

Cleaning techniques vary depending on the flooring type as well as the finish. We also have special tips for pet owners.

HARDWOOD

How To Maintain Your Hardwood Floors


  • Vacuum, dry mop, or sweep regularly – followed by a recommended hardwood safe cleaner

    • It’s a good idea to keep on hand a wood cleaning kit – Floors Etc. will be happy to recommend one that best suits your needs.

  • Attend to spills right away

  • Place interior and exterior mats at entrances to trap sand, grit, and other substances.

    • A grain of sand has dozens of sharp edges and can create scratches if tracked across the floor. Be careful of other debris such as small rocks and pebbles being drug across the floor.

  • Use area rugs in front of kitchen sinks and in high traffic areas.

    • We recommend using a breathable rug underlay; mesh or grid patterns are best.

    • Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings as this may damage the finish.

  • Use protective pads or caps, such as Bona® Floor Guards , on feet of furniture. Fix rolling furniture with soft rubber casters.

    • Periodically check the felt tips for wear or buildup of grit/debris and replace as needed.

  • Maintain a consistent humidity level throughout the year in all living areas.

    • Excessive swings in humidity levels will cause hardwood floors to swell, shrink, cup, crack and show excessive gaps between boards.

    • Ventilation, humidity, and temperature control is a must even when the home is not occupied.

      • Flooring will perform best when the interior environment is controlled to stay within:

        • Temperature range:

          • 60°-80° Fahrenheit

        • Relative Humidity range:

          • 40%-60% (Solid Hardwood)

          • 35%-65% (Engineered Hardwood)

      • NOTE: Seasonal movement is a normal characteristic of wood flooring and is not considered a defect. It is the owner’s responsibility to maintain appropriate conditions via the use of a humidifier and/or de-humidifier and/or air conditioner.

  • Natural products, especially those that are smoked/fumed or reactive stained, will change color over time as a result of oxidation and UV rays. This color change is inherent and not a defect.

    • Limit direct sunlight on the floor by using curtains and blinds in areas that are exposed to high UV rays.

    • We recommend rearranging rugs and furniture periodically so that the color changes evenly, especially in the first few months the floor is installed.

  • Adhere to Manufacturer Warranty and Guidelines

    • Be sure to read any care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.

      • Floors Etc. will provide you with any product warranties upon completion of your project.

  • FOR WAX FINISH FLOORS ONLY: Have floors professionally Cleaned and Waxed once or twice a year – or as often as needed in heavily trafficked areas. A wax coating forms a barrier against the most frequent kinds of abrasions and can be easily renewed.

IMPORTANT: NEVER apply wax treatments to urethane-finished floor.

For a Quick Hardwood General Preventive Maintenance Guide - click here

(also available at: https://floorsetc.fyi/HardwoodPreventiveMaint)




When To Call Floors Etc. - Hardwood Care


For the following hardwood floor problems please reach out to Floors Etc. for help

Damage | Pet Stains | Scratches | Dull Finish | Water Stains

help@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888




How To Safely Clean Hardwood Floors


General Weekly Cleaning

  1. Vacuum or Sweep
    • The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming.
      • If using the Bona® mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit on the mop afterwards by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad.
        • This should be done prior to cleaning floor.
  2. Clean – Lightly mist a 4' x 6' area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad on your Bona® mop with Bona® cleaner and thoroughly clean the floor with the mop.
    • Finish one area before moving on to the next.
      • Your Bona® mop pads are reusable and washable.
        • Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your Bona® mop pads as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the microfiber.
      • When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and/or replace with another clean mop pad.
        • Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking.

For Spills and Messes

  • Soak up the liquid right away.
  • Mist the area with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona® mop or a clean, soft cloth.

For a 1-page Guide on Polyurethane Finished & Prefinished Hardwood Care - click here

(also available at: https://floorsetc.fyi/HardwoodCare4Poly-Prefinish)

For a 1-page Guide on Wax Finished Hardwood Care - click here

(also available at: https://floorsetc.fyi/HardwoodCare4WaxFinish)




Hardwood Floor No-No's


  • Don't damp mop, steam mop, or wet-mop hardwood floors.
    Remember that water is wood’s No. 1 enemy. If the finish is worn or scratched, steam could seep into your wood floors, eventually causing damage.

    • Standing water may cause permanent damage.

    • Too much water can cause the floor to swell or warp.

    • Excessive moisture will dull the finish and could lead to a cupped floor.

    • You may periodically use a very slightly dampened (near dry) mop to spot-clean.

    • The moisture from the dampened mop should evaporate off the floor very quickly.

  • Don't let water or liquid stand on your floor or use wet cloths for clean-up.

  • Don't let sand, dirt or grit build up.

    • This can act like sandpaper and actually abrade and dull your floor finish.

  • Don’t slide heavy furniture or appliances across room.

    • Pick these pieces up to move – even if only a few feet.

  • Don’t walk on your hardwood floors in high heels, cleats, or sports shoes

    • If you must walk in high heels, make sure they are in good repair

  • Don't let your pet's claws go untrimmed.

  • Don't use throw rugs with rubber or vinyl backing without checking to determine if they will affect your floor’s finish.
    Some materials in the backing can react with certain floor finishes, discoloring or causing the finish to become dull.

  • Don't let even damp throw or scatter rugs sit on your floor.

  • Don't put any tape - even blue tape - directly on your hardwood floor.

    • It may pull the polyurethane finish when removed.

  • Don't use oil soap or other household cleaners on polyurethane finished wood floors.

    • These can dull today's floor finishes and make refinishing difficult.

    • NEVER use any of the following products on the floor:

      • Oil Soap

      • Mineral Spirits

      • Paint Thinner

      • Acetone

      • Ammonia-Based Cleaners

      • Acrylic Finishes

      • Wax-Based Products

      • Detergents

      • Bleach

      • Polishes

      • Abrasive Cleaning Soaps

      • Acidic Materials (like vinegar)

NEVER apply wax treatments to urethane-finished floor. For a 1-page Do’s and Don’ts for Hardwood Floor Care (English) – Click Here

(also found at https://floorsetc.fyi/HardwoodMaint-Yes-No-english)

For a 1-page Do’s and Don’ts for Hardwood Floor Care (Spanish) – Click Here

(also found at https://floorsetc.fyi/HardwoodMaint-Yes-No-spanish)





LAMINATE

Laminate Floor No-No's


  • Don't let sand, dirt or grit build up.
    • These can act like sandpaper and actually abrade and dull your floor finish.
  • Don’t drag or slide heavy furniture or appliances across room.
    • Pick these pieces up to move – even if only a few feet.
  • Don’t walk on your Laminate floors in high heels, cleats, or sports shoes
    • If you must walk in high heels, make sure they are in good repair
  • Don't let your pet's claws go untrimmed.
  • Don't wet mop Laminate floors.
    • Too much water can result in seepage, causing warping, swelling and joint separation.
    • A damp mop can be used if needed
  • Do not use:
    • Oil Soap
    • Soap
    • Steel Wool
    • Abrasive Cleaners
    • Bleach
    • Household Cleaners (including ammoniated or chlorinated products)
    • Wax or Polish (Remember – these are NOT real wood floors!).
For a 1-page Do’s and Don’ts for Laminate Floor Care– Click Here (also available at: https://floorsetc.fyi/LaminateMaint-Yes-No-english) For a 1-page Do’s and Don’ts for Laminate Floor Care in Spanish– Click Here (also available at: https://floorsetc.fyi/LaminateMaint-Yes-No-spanish)




How To Maintain Your Laminate Floors


  • Sweep or vacuum regularly – followed by a recommended laminate safe cleaner
  • Clean liquid spills ASAP
  • Place interior and exterior mats at entrances to trap sand, grit, and other substances.
    • A grain of sand has dozens of sharp edges and can create scratches if tracked across the floor. Be careful of other debris such as small rocks and pebbles being drug across the floor.
  • Use area rugs in front of kitchen sinks and in high traffic areas.
    • Rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
      • We recommend using a breathable rug underlay; mesh or grid patterns are best.
      • Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings as this may damage the finish.
  • Use protective pads or caps, such as Bona® Floor Guards , on feet of furniture. Fix rolling furniture with soft rubber casters.
    • Periodically check the felt tips for wear or buildup of grit/debris and replace as needed.
  • Maintain a consistent humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year in all living areas.
    • Excessive swings in humidity levels will cause Laminate floors to swell, shrink, cup, crack and show excessive gaps between boards.
    • The use of humidifier and/or dehumidifier systems is recommended where inconsistent humidity levels occur.
  • Adhere to Manufacturer Warranty and Guidelines
    • Be sure to read any care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.
      • Floors Etc. will provide you with any product warranties upon completion of your project.
For a Quick Laminate Floor Maintenance Guide– Click Here (also available at: https://floorsetc.fyi/LaminatePrevMaint)




How To Safely Clean Your Laminate Floors


General Weekly Cleaning

  1. Vacuum or Sweep
    • The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming.
      • If using the Bona® mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit on the mop afterwards by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad.
        • This should be done prior to cleaning floor.
  2. Clean – Lightly mist a 4' x 6' area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad on your Bona® mop with Bona® Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner and thoroughly clean the floor with the mop.
    • Finish one area before moving on to the next.
      • Your Bona® mop pads are reusable and washable.
        • Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your Bona® mop pads as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the microfiber.
      • When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and/or replace with another clean mop pad.
        • Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

Only use cleaning products for hard surfaces – such as Bona® Pro Hard Surface Floor Cleaner or cleaner specified by manufacturer.

When a Spill Occurs

  • Clean up liquid spills ASAP to avoid it seeping in the seams (known as seepage).
  • Mist the area with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona® Pro Hardwood Floor Mop or a clean, soft cloth.
  • Laminates are highly resistant to stains. However. if a stain remover is needed – follow Manufacturer Warranty and Care Guidelines.
For a 1-page Guide for Laminate Floor Care– Click Here (also avaiable at: https://floorsetc.fyi/LaminateCare)




When To Call Floors Etc. - Laminate Care


For the following Laminate flooring problems please reach out to Floors Etc. for help:

Damage | Repairs

help@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888





LUXURY VINYL TILE (LVT)

Immediately After LVT Installation


1st DAY

  • DO NOT
    • Put down furniture or heavy objects
    • Walk on newly installed floors (avoid as much as possible - especially on the seams)
1st 2 DAYS
  • Keep the room at 68 degrees or higher to allow the adhesive to properly set.
1st 5 DAYS
  • DO NOT wet mop your new floor if installed with a glue-down / adhesive installation.




How To Maintain Your LVT Floors


  • Sweep or vacuum regularly – followed by a warm water damp mop or an LVT safe cleaner
  • Clean up spills as quickly as possible:
  • Place interior and exterior mats at entrances to trap sand, grit, and other substances.
    • Avoid mats that have a rubber backing as this may cause damage or discolor your flooring.
  • Take your shoes off at the door!
    • Be sure to wear slippers or socks.
      • Your feet have oil on them that will transfer onto the floor.
  • Use protective pads or caps, such as Bona® Floor Guards, on feet of furniture. Fix rolling furniture with soft rubber casters.
    • Periodically check the felt tips for wear or buildup of grit/debris and replace as needed.
  • Adhere to Manufacturer Warranty and Guidelines
    • Be sure to read any care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.
      • Floors Etc. will provide you with any product warranties upon completion of your project.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

If an LVT seam becomes exposed or if there is a cut in the vinyl, cover it to prevent dirt and further damage, then call Floors Etc. to fix it.




How To Safely Clean Your LVT Floors


General Weekly Cleaning

  1. Vacuum or Sweep

    • The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming.

    • If using the Bona® Pro Hardwood Floor Mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit on the mop afterwards by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad.

      • This should be done prior to cleaning floor.

  2. Clean:

    • Use a mop with warm water.

      • Use water by itself or use a manufacturer-recommended cleaning product.

        • This should be a cleaner that rinses clean, like Bona® Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner (also recommended for LVT).

For Spills and Messes

  • Wipe up as quickly as possible

  • Wipe the area clean with warm water – if necessary, use a no-residue cleaner, like Bona® Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner (also recommended for LVT).

  • If a stain remover is needed – follow Manufacturer Warranty and Care Guidelines.




LVT Flooring No-No's


  • Don’t slide heavy furniture or appliances across room.
    • Pick these pieces up to move – even if only a few feet.
  • Don't steam mop LVT floors.
    • Excessive heat can damage the plank.
  • Don't use vacuums with rotating beater bars
    • These can damage your floor’s surface
  • Don’t use wax or any other shine products
    • This is NOT your Grandmother’s vinyl floor!




When To Call Floors Etc. - LVT Care


For the LVT flooring repairs or questions, please reach out to Floors Etc. for help:

help@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888





CARPET

Carpet No-No's


  • Don't track dirt inside
    • Placing walk-off mats outside all entrances will help absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, etc. so they are not tracked into your home and onto your beautiful carpet.
    • Clean mats on a scheduled basis (or sooner, when they need it) so they don't become sources of dirt themselves.
  • Don't let your pet's claws go untrimmed.
  • Don’t try to pull out a snag in your carpet or vacuum over a loose carpet yarn.
    • Treat snags carefully and surgically.
    • Carefully snip the yarn flush with the carpet and without catching any surrounding loops.
  • Do not use:
    • Bleaches
    • Furniture Polish
    • Oven Cleaners
    • Plant Foods, Fertilizers, and Insecticides
    • Acne Medication and Skin Creams
    • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
    • Tub and Tile Cleaners
    • Drain Cleaners
    • Bathroom Cleaners
The chemical ingredients contained in these substances can cause your carpet ( re: nylon or nylon blend) to become permanently discolored.




How To Protect And Maintain Your Carpet


  • Vacuum floor regularly
  • Treat spills as soon as possible
  • Place floor mats inside and outside entrances to trap soil before it is tracked into your home.
  • Understand the issues of weight and sunlight.
    • Rearrange your furniture periodically
      • Heavy furniture can compress, or crush the carpet pile, and leave noticeable indentations
    • Use window treatments that offer some protection against sunlight
      • Harmful ultraviolet rays can deteriorate carpet’s appearance and ability to withstand wear
  • To protect your investment, have your carpet professionally deep cleaned every 12 - 18 months
  • Adhere to Manufacturer Warranty and Guidelines
    • Be sure to read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.
      • Important: Although your carpet may not look dirty, you are still required to have your carpet professionally steam cleaned regularly to comply with some manufacturers’ stain or soil protection warranties.
      • Floors Etc. will provide you with any product warranties upon completion of your project.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

Only use the pros when necessary as too much commercial cleaning can cause your carpet to lose its built-in protection and damage it (no more than once a year).




How To Safely Clean Your Carpet


Weekly

  • Vacuum floor 1-2X/week
    • High traffic areas may need more vacuuming more often.
    • Use a machine with maximum suction.
    • Use attachments to clean the tight spots – along walls and up and down the stairs.

Spot Cleaning

  • When spot cleaning, apply all cleaning agents to the cloth rather than directly to the stained area to avoid saturating the carpet when spot cleaning.
    • Blot up liquid spills with a white towel.
    • Use warm, not hot, water to rinse the stained area completely. Press clean cloths deeply into the carpet to take up moisture until the stain no longer appears on the cloth.
    • Never rub, scrub or use a brush.
      • This may cause damage to the carpet fibers, creating a permanent scar.
    • Clean the fibers, not the backing.
    • If a stain remover is needed – follow Manufacturer Warranty and Care Guidelines.
    • Once the stain is gone and your carpet has dried, vacuum to restore its texture and appearance.




When To Call Floors Etc. - Carpet Care


For the following Carpet flooring problems please reach out to Floors Etc. for help:

Damage | Stretching, etc.

help@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888





BAMBOO

Bamboo Flooring No-No's


  • Don’t wet mop or steam mop a bamboo floor.
    • Water / moisture can become trapped in the boards which will, over time, swell and warp.
  • Don’t slide heavy furniture or appliances across room.
    • Pick these pieces up to move – even if only a few feet.
  • Don’t walk on your hardwood floors in high heels, cleats, or sports shoes
    • If you must walk in high heels, make sure they are in good repair
  • Don't let your pet's claws go untrimmed.
  • Don’t use a hard or stiff brush to scrub your Bamboo flooring.
    • Always use a soft cloth or soft microfiber brush to clean your floors.
  • Don't use any of the following products as they can dull today's floor finishes and cause the protective layer of the bamboo planks to peel right off.
    • Oil Soap
    • Mineral Spirits
    • Paint Thinner
    • Acetone
    • Ammonia-Based Cleaners
    • Acrylic Finishes
    • Wax-Based Products
    • Detergents
    • Bleach
    • Polishes
    • Abrasive Cleaning Soaps
    • Acidic Materials (like vinegar)




How To Maintain Your Bamboo Floors


  • Vacuum, sweep, or dry mop regularly – followed by a Bamboo / hardwood safe cleaner
    • It’s a good idea to keep on hand a wood cleaning kit – Floors Etc. will be happy to recommend one that best suits your needs.
  • Clean spills immediately
  • Place interior and exterior mats at entrances to trap sand, grit, and other substances.
    • A grain of sand has dozens of sharp edges and can create scratches if tracked across the floor. Be careful of other debris such as small rocks and pebbles being drug across the floor.
  • Use area rugs in front of kitchen sinks and in high traffic areas.
    • Rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
      • We recommend using a breathable rug underlay; mesh or grid patterns are best.
      • Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings as this may damage the finish.
  • Use protective pads or caps, such as Bona® Floor Guards , on feet of furniture. Fix rolling furniture with soft rubber casters.
    • Periodically check the felt tips for wear or buildup of grit/debris and replace as needed.
  • Limit direct sunlight on the floor by using curtains and blinds in areas that are exposed to high UV rays.
    • Direct exposure to sunlight will discolor certain types of bamboo.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

Periodically rearrange rugs and furniture so that the color changes evenly, especially in the first few months after the floor is installed.

  • Maintain a consistent humidity level throughout the year in all living areas.
    • Excessive swings in humidity levels will cause Bamboo floors to swell, shrink, cup, crack and show excessive gaps between boards – all causing potential permanent damage.
    • Ventilation, humidity, and temperature control is a must even when the home is not occupied.
      • Flooring will perform best when the interior environment is controlled to stay within a relative humidity range of 40%-60% and a temperature range of 60° to 80° Fahrenheit.
      • NOTE: Seasonal movement is a normal characteristic of wood flooring and is not considered a defect. It is the owner’s responsibility to maintain appropriate conditions via the use of a humidifier and/or de-humidifier and/or air conditioner.
  • Adhere to Manufacturer Warranty and Guidelines
    • Be sure to read any care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.
      • Floors Etc. will provide you with any product warranties upon completion of your project.




How To Safely Clean Your Bamboo Floors


General Weekly Cleaning

  1. Vacuum or Sweep
    • The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming.
    • If using the Bona® mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit on the mop afterwards by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad.
      • This should be done prior to cleaning floor.
  2. Clean – Lightly mist a 4' x 6' area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad on your Bona® mop with manufacturer approved cleaning agent (refer to Warranty and Guidelines) and thoroughly clean the floor with the mop.
      • Most Bamboo manufacturers recommend a floor cleaner that is pH neutral, like Bona® Pro Hardwood Floor Cleaner (also recommended for Bamboo flooring)
      • It is best to finish one area before moving on to the next.
        • Ensure there is no moisture or water left over on the floor when you’re done.
      • When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and/or replace with another clean mop pad.
        • Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking.
        • Your Bona® mop pads are reusable and washable.
        • Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your Bona® mop pads as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the microfiber.

For Spills and Messes

  • Soak up the liquid right away.
  • Bamboo is porous, and liquids can penetrate its surface, causing deep stains that will be virtually impossible to remove.
  • Mist the area with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona® mop or a clean, soft cloth.




When To Call Floors Etc. - Bamboo Care


For the following Bamboo flooring problems please reach out to Floors Etc. for help:

Damage | Pet Stains | Scratches | Water Stains

help@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888





CORK

Cork Flooring No-No's


  • Don’t wet mop or steam mop a cork floor.
    • Water / moisture can become trapped in the boards which will, over time, swell and warp.
  • Don’t allow any liquid to stand on cork floors.
    • Water or moisture in any form can seriously damage the floor.
  • Don’t use mats with rubber or other non-porous backings
    • These can trap moisture and harm the finish.
  • Don’t slide heavy furniture or appliances across room.
    • Pick these pieces up to move – even if only a few feet.
  • Don’t walk on your hardwood floors in high heels, cleats, or sports shoes
    • If you must walk in high heels, make sure they are in good repair
    • High heels concentrate pressure in a small area and may dent the floor.

FACT:

The amount of pressure exerted by the pointed tip of an average woman's high heel is equal to that of the entire foot of an elephant.

  • Don't let your pet's claws go untrimmed.
  • Don't use any of the following products as they can dull, discolor, or damage your cork floor’s surface.
    • Oil Soap
    • Abrasive Soaps
    • Bleach
    • Ammonia-Based Products
    • Wax-Based Products
    • Solvent-Based Products
    • Oil-Based Products
    • Mineral Spirits
    • Acrylic Finishes
    • Detergents
    • Polishes
    • Acidic Materials (such as vinegar)




How To Maintain Your Cork Floors


  • Vacuum, sweep, or dry mop regularly – followed by a Cork / Hardwood safe floor cleaner
    • It’s a good idea to keep on hand a wood cleaning kit – Floors Etc. will be happy to recommend one that best suits your needs.
  • Clean up spills quickly – Cork is very porous!
  • Place interior and exterior mats at entrances to trap sand, grit, and other substances.
    • A grain of sand has dozens of sharp edges and can create scratches if tracked across the floor. Be careful of other debris such as small rocks and pebbles being drug across the floor.
  • Use area rugs in front of kitchen sinks and in high traffic areas.
    • Rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
      • We recommend using a breathable rug underlay; mesh or grid patterns are best.
      • Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings as this may damage the finish.
  • Use protective pads or caps, such as Bona® Floor Guards , on feet of furniture. Fix rolling furniture with soft rubber casters.
    • Periodically check the felt tips for wear or buildup of grit/debris and replace as needed.
  • Understand the issues of weight and sunlight.
    • Heavy furniture can compress your cork floor and leave noticeable depressions
      • Cork has a flexible composition, so divots and dents should disappear as the pressure is taken away.
      • Cork will tend to discolor and fade when it's exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
        • Limit direct sunlight on the floor by using curtains and blinds in areas that are exposed to high UV rays.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

Shift your room layout every few months to lessen the chance of compression damage.

  • Maintain a consistent humidity level throughout the year in all living areas.
    • Excessive swings in humidity levels will cause Cork floors to swell, shrink, cup, crack and show excessive gaps between boards – all causing potential permanent damage.
    • Ventilation, humidity, and temperature control is a must even when the home is not occupied.
      • Flooring will perform best when the interior environment is controlled to stay within a relative humidity range of 35%-65% and a temperature range of 60° to 80° Fahrenheit.
NOTE: Seasonal movement is a normal characteristic of wood flooring and is not considered a defect. It is the owner’s responsibility to maintain appropriate conditions via the use of a humidifier and/or de-humidifier and/or air conditioner.
  • Cork flooring should be given a nice refurbishing every five to seven years using polyurethane, such as Bona® Traffic, a polyurethane satin finish.




When To Call Floors Etc. - Cork Care


For the following Cork flooring problems please reach out to Floors Etc. for help:

Damage | Pet Stains | Scratches | Water Stains

help@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888




How To Safely Clean Your Cork Floors


  • General Weekly Cleaning

  • Vacuum or Sweep
    • The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming.
    • If using the Bona® mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit on the mop afterwards by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad.
      • This should be done prior to cleaning floor.
  • Clean – Lightly mist a 4' x 6' area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad on your Bona® mop with manufacturer approved cleaning agent (refer to Warranty and Guidelines) and thoroughly clean the floor with the mop.
  • Most Cork manufacturers recommend a floor cleaner that is pH neutral, like Bona® Pro Hardwood Floor Cleaner (also recommended for Cork flooring).
  • It is best to finish one area before moving on to the next.
    • Ensure there is no moisture or water left over on the floor when you’re done.
  • When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and/or replace with another clean mop pad.
    • Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking.
    • Your Bona® mop pads are reusable and washable.
      • Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your Bona® mop pads as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the microfiber.
  • For Spills and Messes

    • Soak up the liquid right away.
      • Cork is extremely porous, and liquids can penetrate its surface, causing deep stains that will be very hard, if not impossible, to remove.
    • Mist the area with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona® mop or a clean, soft cloth.
    For a 1-page downloadable Cork Floor Care Guide– Click Here (also available at: www.floorsetc.tips/CorkFloorCare)





Floors Etc. Pro Tip

When vacuuming, only use brush or felt heads – NEVER use the beater bars as they can damage your both your hard surface floors as well as your carpet.

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Very Professional and always willing to go the extra mile to help out a client. I have used them twice. Once to install new carpet and this past July to refinish some hardwood stairs. They are considerate of your time, their product is top quality and their price is fair. I will use them again when needed.

Very Professional

I had a great experience with Floors Etcetera. They refinished my floors, and they did an excellent job—double excellent. I'd recommend them to anybody. It was A-quality work.

Great Experience

I had an absolutely positive experience with them. I would say Floors Etcetera is A+. I've already recommended them.

Already recommended them

It was pretty much effortless for us. They brought samples, measured, and laid 1,500 square feet of carpet. They're an A.

They're an A

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