Floor Maintenance

Points To Be Noted Before Receiving Services

New Installation - Refinishing - Sanding

  • Use floors with care for the first Two (2) weeks after finish. You can walk on the floor the next day, but we recommend that NO furniture be put into the room for Two (2) to Three (3) days. No rugs or water should be used on floors during the first Eight (8) weeks. Allow additional air flow across the surfaces such as open windows or fans to help the floor finish faster.
  • Wipe up food and other spills immediately using a dampened cloth or paper towel. Regular cleaning should be done with ONLY vinegar and water. Floors should NEVER be waxed. If wax is applied, it will be impossible to recoat. Sweep or use an untreated dust mop on your floor regularly. This will keep the sand and grit off your floor which may cause premature wear.
Harris Custom Wood Floors
Harris Custom Wood Floors
  • Check chair legs and other pieces of furniture to be sure they all have rubber wheels or felt pads attached to them. This will allow chairs to glide over the floor without scuffing the surface. You may also purchase quality felt pads from Harris Custom Wood Floors.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repair, heels that may have lost their protective caps, can cause little indentations in any floor surface, even concrete!
  • As your floor begins to show wear, and does not clean easily with vinegar and water recoating is recommended. An average family will need one new coat approximately every Five (5) years.
  • With the onset of winter, cracks between the boards may appear which is normal. This time of the year, the heating causes the interior air to dry out and the lower relative humidity in the house causes the wood to shrink. Spring will return the humidity in the house to normal and the cracks between the boards will disappear. A centrally located humidifier may help.
  • It is recommended that food be removed from the house to avoid absorption of odors. Due to these odors, you may wish to stay outside from the house until the refinishing is complete.
  • All Gas appliances must be turned off. This is the Customers responsibility.
  • Due to working so close to walls and trim, some scuffing is possible.
  • 220 power outlet is needed for sanding (Electric stove, dryer or main power box).
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Job Site Preparation

Site preparation and clean-up are the client's responsibility

Preparing your home or job site for wood floor refinishing

  • Old floor coverings must be completely removed (This includes Tack Strips).
  • Rooms must be clear of furniture, appliances, tools and other building supplies. Floors must be clean and ready for refinishing of wood. This INCLUDES carpet, Padding and other floor coverings.
  • Plastic sheeting is recommended for doorways to prevent a majority of the dust from the leaving the work area. Harris Custom Wood Floors is NOT responsible for clean-up of the house.
  • Matching old floors with patches may not be an exact match.
  • Some stains such as water/pet may not sand out.

Preparing your home or job site for wood floor installation

  • Half of the payment is due upon being scheduled and the balance is due upon completion.
  • Rooms must be clear of furniture, appliances, tools and other building supplies.
  • Floors must be clean and ready for installation of wood. This INCLUDES carpet, padding and other floor coverings.
  • Plastic sheeting is recommended for doorways to prevent a majority of the dust from the leaving the work area. Harris Custom Wood Floors is NOT responsible for clean-up of the house.
  • During the cold season, homes must have heat to maintain proper climate.
  • Trim and doors must be taken off prior to installation.