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