Care / FAQ's:

Hardwood flooring is one of the most durable products available. Through proper maintenance, your investment in new wood flooring will last you a lifetime. Barnum Floors would like to provide you with some tips to help you properly care for your floors. In addition, we recommend you have your floors buffed and re-coated every 4-7 years, depending on the amount of usage & traffic. This will prevent your floor from ever needing to be re-sanded. Barnum Floors provides a buff-n-coat service.

  1. Your hardwood floor may initially feel slightly grainy to the touch. This is caused by wood fibers that rise up during the final coats (like the hair on your arms). This is normal and should not be a concern. As you walk on the floor, the friction created by your feet will create a smooth surface.
  2. Keep your floors free from dirt and debris by sweeping regularly. Barnum Floors carries a complete line of hardwood floor cleaner. We are supplying you with the $30.00 starter kit FREE. Please come to the showroom to redeem this complimentary gift. Do Not use Murphy’s Oil, Endust, Pledge or other products that have oil in them. Products with waxes, over time, will compromise the finish on your floor and prevent future polyurethane coats from sticking. Remember you are cleaning polyurethane, not polishing wood!
  3. Your hardwood flooring is part of the permanent structure of your home. Wood is susceptible to changes in temperatures and humidity. You may find as seasons change, your wood flooring will expand or contract depending on the humidity levels within your home. The humidity level within your home should be kept at 30-45% year around. Temperatures should be kept at 60-80°.

  4. We recommend you place wool furniture safe glides on all moving chairs that will be placed on your new wood flooring. This helps protects the flooring from dents and scratches in high traffic areas. These can also be purchased at the Barnum Floors’ store. To allow your finish to cure, we recommend you do not place area rugs or throw rugs on your new flooring for at least three [3] weeks.

  5. Ongoing standing water can be damaging to wood. Floors with a urethane finish are resistant to the occasional spills of day-to-day living; however, special care must be taken to prevent water from “standing” on your hardwood floor. If water or other liquid spills on your floor, wipe the spill with a cloth or paper towel.

  6. Furniture legs should be capped with protective pads. These protective pads will help prevent indentations caused by heavy furniture. They also protect your floor from scratches caused by furniture sliding over your floor. NEVER drag furniture or heavy objects across wood flooring. Never put furniture on a rug or cardboard and attempt to drag the furniture. Never pull out refrigerator without taking necessary protective precautions. Please feel free to call with questions or concerns. Protective pads can be obtained from Barnum Floors.

  7. It is essential that high heel shoes be kept in good repair. The weight per cubic inch of a 125-lb. woman wearing high heel shoes is approximately 2,000 lbs. If the rubber tip is missing, an exposed nail will exert 8,000 lbs. of pressure per square inch. Keep your shoes in good repair.

  8. Use rugs anywhere potential problems may occur such as in front of sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines.

  9. A dog approximately 30 lbs. or more can severely scratch hardwood floors. Keep toenails clipped regularly to help protect your wood flooring finish.

  10. Finally, remember, this is a floor, not a fine table. Your hardwood floor will get bumped, bruised & scratched. Don’t stress about the floor. Make sure your furniture is protected properly and then sit back and enjoy the ease of owning a hardwood floor.