May 7, 2010, Newsletter Issue #29: Are You Finished?

Tip of the Week

Caring for your new hardwood floors is essential. Almost every wood floor is treated with a urethane finish, so vacuuming and sweeping should be all you need to do to keep you floors in great shape. However, be sure to use a vacuum that has clean wheels and does not have a beater bar head. This can damage your floor’s finish. Oil-treated floors use specific oils that harden once they’ve seeped into the wood grain. Clean these floors with liquid paste or wax. Varnished floors, too, require waxing. You can tell what kind of finish your floor has by dragging a fingertip across the finish of your floor. If you see a smudge on the board, your floor has been oil-treated or varnished. Urethane coatings leave no mark.

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