Hardwood floors have been experiencing a resurgence of popularity in recent years. Once thought
to be difficult to care for, hardwood floors are now seen as an easy to maintain, beautiful alternative to tile, vinyl, and
even carpet. This is largely a result of improvements in the technology of hardwood floor finishes. These new finishes make
keeping your hardwood floor looking like new an easy task. Just follow these simple maintenance procedures....
PROTECT YOUR FLOOR
Place throw rugs in front of sinks in your kitchen and any doors leading to the outside where heavy traffic and tracking
occurs. However, do not do this until at least two weeks after the finish has been applied. Chairs, and any other furniture
that is moved frequently, should have floor glides attached to the bottom of each leg to help to prevent scratching and wear.
Do not wax the bottom of chair legs.
REGULAR DUST MOPPING
Regular dust mopping
or vacuuming is an essential part of hardwood floor care. A good quality dust mop or vacuum with bristle head is the most
effective tool for cleaning dust and dirt off the floor. To keep your floor looking its best, dust mop or vacuum at least
twice a week. Dust or vacuum more often on floors with heavy traffic. When using a dust mop, it is acceptable to use Endust
on the mop.
Spills and tracked in dirt can build up and will require more than just dust mopping to remove. When this happens,
lightly sponge mop with a mild cleaner solution diluted with lukewarm water. After sponge mopping run a dry towel wrapped
around a broom over the floor. The cleaner solution will loosen the dirt and the towel will pick it up. These solutions can
also be used on a rag for spot cleaning. Basic Coatings recommends the following:
per gal of water
cleaners (Windex is best)
DO NOT USE MORE CLEANER THAN THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNTS. More cleaner
DOES NOT mean better performance.
DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS ON YOUR FLOOR:
Murphy's Oil soap
or other silicone-based polishes
Formula 409, or any cleaner
Pine-based cleaners like Pine
DO NOT WAX OR SPRAY BUFF!
Water-base urethane finishes require little maintenance, so it is not necessary to wax or polish the floor. Waxes
or polishes will actually make the floor harder to clean and cause problems for future recoats.