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Modified on 2007/12/27 13:53
Maintenance Information for Hardwood Flooring
A Little Care Goes a Long Way Toward Protecting Your Investment
Wood is a natural material and can be scratched or dented. To help guard against scratches and dents, place protective felt pads under furniture legs and chairs, and make sure any furniture casters are clean, operate freely and have a minimum 1" wide vinyl surface where it comes in contact with the wood floor.
The hardwood warranties do not cover damage caused by spiked heels or shoes that need repair, heavy furniture, and appliances. A stiletto or any heel with a diameter of approximately 3/8" can concentrate as much as 2,000 pounds per square inch on the floor.
Follow Columbia's recommended guidelines when caring for your new floor. Use only floor care products recommended by Columbia. Your warranties do not cover damage caused by cleaning products we do not recommend. Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon or tung oils. These products can dull the finish and make future cleaning and refurbishment difficult.
Remove spills promptly. Use a soft cotton cloth and Columbia Cleaner on wet spills. For dry spills, sweep or vacuum.
Never damp mop a wood floor.
Don’t let dirt or sand build up.
Sweep or vacuum your floor regularly.
Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar.
Wood will age and change color due to ultra-violet light. Rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so the floor will age evenly. Cherry and Out Of Africa Collection flooring are more susceptible to change during the aging process.
Use entry mats to trap dirt, sand and oils before entering to prevent tracking into your home. Oils from asphalt driveways and streets can permanently stain a floor.
Please note that light colored maple and cherry hardwood floors require extra care. Light colors will show dirt and require more frequent care than dark colors. Maple and cherry are inherently smooth woods and will show scratches and dents more readily than oak.
Keep your pet's nails trimmed, as they are capable of scratching wood and some laminate floors.
When moving heavy appliances or furniture, put down a quarter-inch sheet of plywood to protect the floor, and use a dolly or air bag. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across your floor without taking these precautions.
Keep unused planks after installation. In case of accident or damage, you can use them for repair.
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