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Mountainview Home Owner Manual

 

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Hardwood Flooring & Laminate Flooring

In homes with hardwood flooring, home owners must maintain an indoor relative humidity level on the main floor and in the basement of between 35% and 55% throughout the year. The home owner must maintain these indoor humidity levels through the use of ventilation, air conditioning, humidification, and dehumidification to prevent permanent irreversible damage.

Hardwood floors must never be cleaned with water or a cleaner that is mixed with water. Excessive water causes the wood grain to raise and the wood to expand, crack, splinter and possibly, in extreme cases to discolour or mildew. Bleach or vinegar must not be used on hardwood floors. Oil soaps, spray polishes, and liquid or paste wax products must not be used on hardwood floors. These products will harm the long term performance of the floor and may affect its recoatability in future. Spills of any type must never remain on the surface of a hardwood floor. They must be wiped up immediately, or stains may appear. They can simply be wiped using a damp cloth, then the area should be dried thoroughly.

Hardwood floors should be vacuumed and swept regularly to remove gritty dirt and small stones or dust. They should be cleaned with the manufacturers recommended hardwood flooring cleaner using the prescribed application instructions. Beater bars are for carpets only. Dry Swifters work well. Do not use wet Swifters.

Floor mats should be kept at all entranceways to keep dirt and moisture from being tracked onto the floors. Walk off mats should be kept at all exterior entrances. They will capture much of the harmful dirt before it reaches the hardwood floor. Mats should be shaken, washed and vacuumed frequently. Sand and dirt act like sandpaper on wood.

Sharp wooden legs and metal furniture legs can scratch and dent hardwood floors. Any furniture that rests directly on top of a hardwood floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters under all of the feet. For extremely heavy objects such as pianos, wide non-staining rubber cups should be used. For heavy appliances, teflon glides are a must to prevent scratching the floor. The use of floor protectors is cheap insurance for protecting ones hardwood floor investment.

Spiked heels and stiletto high heel shoes, especially those in disrepair may cause denting and related damage to hardwood floors due to the extremely high compressive force they generate. Surface scratches due to pets may be reduced by ensuring that dog’s claws are trimmed.

Hardwood floors may change colour or fade due to exposure to direct sunlight. The sun’s UV rays accelerate the oxidation and aging of wood. Periodically rearranging the furniture and/or area rugs and closing the curtains during intense periods of sunlight can help avoid colour patches on the floor.

Further information can be found at the following web sites: www.nofma.org and www.woodfloorsonline.com

Laminate Flooring

Humidity levels similar to those for hardwood flooring must be maintained to reduce expansion and contraction of the floor.

Laminate floors should be cleaned by spraying a cleaning solution adapted to laminate flooring onto a mop, rinsing the mop as often as needed to keep it clean, and drying the floor using the dry mopping method to avoid a film from drying on the flooring. Laminate floors may be cleaned with a damp mop. They must not be saturated with water. One must unsure that no water is dripping when cleaning.

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