Antique Impressions Handcrafted Pre-finished Hardwood Flooring is a quality and resilient hardwood product – but it is not indestructible. Wood is a natural and organic material and can be subject to irreparable damage if not handled properly and without proper care.
Now that the floor has been installed, you have three very important responsibilities: cleaning, protection and moisture control.
Please carefully read and follow the guidelines outlines in our Care and Maintenance document.
How do I clean my Antique Impressions floor?
Antique Impressions floors are factory finished with an advanced polyurethane finish that is both durable and easy to care for. Basic cleaning involves two simple procedures. Sweep or vacuum the floor frequently to remove loose dust and grit. This is very important to the long term performance of the floor and its finish. Small particles of loose grit act like sandpaper on the surface, wearing it down over time and dulling the gloss. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will help keep these harmful particles off the floors. (Having mats at entryways is a good way to keep grit off the floor as well.)
Day to day wear will ‘dull’ the floor as dirt and oils get deposited onto the surface. To clean these away, use a cleaning solution specially formulated for prefinished hardwood floors. We recommend BONA or similar hardwood floor cleaning products. Please ensure to follow the product instructions outlined by the manufacturer.
The finish on my floor is really worn down and dull looking. What can I do to restore it?
If the finish has become dull simply from daily wear, a cleaning with BONA hardwood floor cleaner should be enough to bring back the original luster. If the dullness is the result of fine, tiny scratches in the finish, then you may want to consider a ‘recoat’. This should be done by a professional hardwood flooring technician. Your dealer can recommend someone for this.
Can I use vinegar and water to clean the floor?
We do not suggest using a vinegar and water solution on your Antique Impressions floor. Vinegar is an acid and if used over an extended period of time it may alter the gloss level of the floor.
What kinds of products should NOT be used on an Antique Impressions floor?
The following products should not be used on your Antique Impressions floor:
detergents, oils, waxes, polishes, bleach, vinager, scouring agents ‘all in one floor cleaners’ oil soaps
These products will either damage the finish, or leave residues that will dull the appearance of the floor.
Can I use a steam cleaner on the floor?
No! Steam cleaners should never be used on a wood floor. The combination of heat and moisture and pressure could be very damaging to the wood. For similar reasons, never use a wet mop or cloth when cleaning the floor, always use a damp mop or cloth only.
I dropped a heavy object on the floor and it left a dent in the wood. Can this be fixed?
Unfortunately, there is no real remedy to repair a dent in the wood. The only real solution is to replace the damaged board. A professional hardwood flooring installer will be able to complete a board replacement.
Is it possible to replace a damaged section of the floor?
Usually, yes. It depends on the extent and nature of the damage. If the damage is just to one or two boards, they can probably be replaced. This is a job for a professional installer (It’s also an excellent reason to keep a few spare boards that were left over after the installation.) The new boards will probably be lighter in color than the others but they will ‘age’ to match the rest of the floor in time. Likewise the new boards may appear to have a slightly different gloss level that the surrounding boards.
Replacing a whole section of flooring is more difficult as a new order of flooring may not look exactly the same as the previously installed batch. Consult your dealer to see if the product specifications have changed since the original purchase.
Can floors with DuRa-Finish be easily refinished?
Yes, especially compared to most UV cured floor finishes (which are generally difficult to refinish), our DuRa-Finish is highly suitable for screen and re-coat operations.
Generally speaking, there are two different approaches to refinishing a hardwood floor: the simpler and easier “screen and recoat” process, and the more time consuming and thorough “sand and refinish” process. The screen and recoat process is ideal to refresh a hardwood floor that has become scuffed and scratched over time. With a screen and recoat, most of the original finish remains and a new topcoat is added. This process is ideal for keeping the original texture of a wirebrushed or hand sculpted floor.
The sand and refinish process is more extensive and involves removing all of the coating, stain and texture before applying an entirely new series of protective coatings. This process is usually done when the homeowner wishes to change the overall look of the floor, or in cases of extensive surface damage.