Preserve your investment in high quality Garrison Collection hardwood, laminate or vinyl flooring for years to come. Though intrinsically durable and easy to clean compared to their carpet counterparts, your floors will benefit greatly and look flawless longer by following our simple regular maintenance tips and recommendations. You will also fully enjoy the health benefits of an inherently cleaner floor and environment.
Scroll down to download collection specific care and maintenance guidelines. Following these guidelines are critical to maintaining your warranty terms and conditions.
The following are examples of the reasonable and necessary maintenance you are expected to perform. They are not intended to be an exclusive list:
1. Sweep or Vacuum Regularly
Built-up grit can damage the surface of your floor. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. (Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head.) Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. It is Also helpful to use area rugs in high-traffic areas and pivot points.
2. Use Appropriate Care & Maintenance Products for Your Floor
– Urethane Finished Floors: We recommend using Garrison, Woodwise, or Dura Seal cleaning products applied with a terry cloth mop.
– Oil Finished Floors: We recommend using only WOCA cleaning products as directed.
– Laminate Floors: We recommend using Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate cleaning products as directed.
– Vinyl Floors: We recommend using Armstrong New Beginning, Shine Keeper, and Once ‘N Done cleaning products as directed.
DO NOT USE oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products, or other household cleaners that contain citrus oils, lemon oil, tung oil, silicon, ammonia, or 2-in-1 cleaners with polish. Use of these and other such products will harm the long-term performance of your floor and may also affect its re-coat ability. Our warranty does not cover damage caused by non-recommended products
3. Maintain Proper Relative Humidity
Humidity in your home should remain between 35% – 55% at all times during the year. Use of a humidification system may be required to maintain proper humidity levels to avoid excessive swelling or drying of the wood flooring. Surface checking can be expected if the humidity level is not properly maintained or if the floor’s surface temperature exceeds 82°. Watch video to learn more.
4. Avoid Excess Water or Liquids
Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and recommended cleaning products above. Never wet-mop, damp-mop, or clean your floor with water. This can severely damage the flooring, and damage resulting from these actions may not be covered under warranty. Additionally, do not use hardwood floor cleaning machines or steam cleaners.
5. Avoid Excessive or Prolonged Exposure to Sunlight/UV Rays
Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood. This can cause the wood stain and/or wood to fade and/or to change color. We recommend that you rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly.
6. Take Precautions to Protect Your Floor From Scratches & Dents
Place protective felt pads beneath furniture legs and replace pads as needed. Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects, furniture, or appliances. Make certain furniture casters are clean and operate properly (a minimum 1″-wide vinyl surface where it comes in contact with wood is recommended). Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on floor. Keep pets’ nails trimmed and paws clean.
Downloadable Care & Maintenance Guidelines By Collection
Click on your collection below to download a detailed, printable PDF of your flooring’s care and maintenance guide. For further questions check out our blog, or feel free to reach out to us or your Garrison Collection authorized dealer.
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