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Here are a few tips that will make it easier to care for your hardwood floor. For more information, please contact one of our in-store specialists.

  • To preserve the appearance and to prevent excessive expansion or shrinkage of your hardwood floor, it is important to maintain the relative humidity level for your area (between 45% and 55% approximately) throughout the year.
  • Regularly vacuum the floor to prevent sand or abrasive dust from accumulating and scratching the finish.
  • It is imperative that flooring be left to acclimate to the house temperature for a minimum of 48 hours at the recommended relative humidity level (between 45% and 55%), and at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.
  • Remember that wood and water do not mix! Never wash your Argyle floor with water, and do not leave water or any other liquid to dry on your hardwood floor. Wipe up spots and spills immediately.
  • Use floor protection (felt pads) under all furniture and chair legs to allow their movement and prevent scratching the floor. Protect your floor when moving heavy pieces of furniture. Carry them or place them on a rug, wrong side up, and slide the rug.
  • Avoid wearing high heels on your hardwood floor. Do not wear shoes that are covered in dirt, gravel or abrasive dust.
  • Please make sure that the claws of your pet are trimmed because they could damage the finish. Limit playtime with your pet to rooms that are not covered in hardwood. Put a small carpet or placemat under your pet’s water or food bowl.
  • For tenacious stains, you can use a solution of water and vinegar, solvent or lighter fluid, but be sure to use a very small quantity and limit use to the soiled area. Do not use a vinegar-based solution for the regular care of your floors. Its acidity will damage the finish of your floor and result in the yellowing of your floor. To remove sticky residues from your floor, you can use a bag of ice cubes or lighter fluid.
  • Repair kits or touch-up pencils can be useful in repairing minor marks on your floor. Should an incident leave your prefinished hardwood floor damaged, please remember that the affected floorboards can be replaced easily. Contact us and we will gladly advise you on repairs of this nature. Since hardwood is a natural product, your hardwood floor will continue to shrink and expand depending on the season and humidity/heating conditions. During the winter (heating season), a humidifier is often required to minimize shrinkage due to low humidity. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions. Gaps between floorboards may develop despite your best efforts. During the summer (non-heating season), the air is more humid, and proper humidity levels can be maintained by using an air conditioner, dehumidifier, and ventilation, or by turning on your heating system periodically during the summer months.