WOOD MAINTENANCE - CARING FOR YOUR INVESTMENT

Care instructions for Anthology Woods reclaimed flooring and wall cladding / paneling products

Wood floors and wall cladding can easily last for decades with proper care.  Most species of wood will patina-in-place, and the way you "live" into it will contribute to its character and story over time.  Keep in mind appearance variation from one board to another is normal, as are expansion and contraction of natural wood throughout the year.

 

MAINTAINING POLYURETHANE FINISHES ON WOOD

Dustmop, sweep, or vacuum regularly

Follow the finish manufacturer's directions for cleaning

Refinish when your desired look is no longer restored with cleaning.

DON'T wax over polyurethane finishes or use vinyl or tile floor care products on wood flooring.

 

PROTECTING WOOD FLOORS

Use mats and rugs in higher traffic areas and entryways to protect wood floors (avoid rubber backs, they can discolor the floor)

Sweep often to remove grit and dirt

Place felt pads under furniture legs

Avoid walking on wood floors with cleats or high heels (a 125 pound person walking in high heels will impact the floor at 2000 pounds per square inch)

Maintain humidity between 30 and 50 percent RH to minimize cracks and gaps (some cracks and gaps are normal, but high variations in humidity can lead to bigger issues)

Minimizing exposure to direct sunlight may minimize color change

 

MAINTAINING OIL/WAX FINISHES ON WOOD

Dustmop or vacuum regularly  

Maintain shine using a buffer (this helps if the floor is looking dull)

Clean according to the finish manufacture's directions

Wax when & where needed (typically once or twice per year)

If wax has discoloration or looks solid, use a liquid cleaner/wax combination for wood flooring (should be solvent-based) and follow manufacturer's instructions

DON'T contribute to wax buildup in low traffic areas (these can be waxed less often)

DON'T wet mop your waxed floor or allow water to sit on your floor