Wood Floor Care Guide
Easy to come by. Easy to Keep
Wood floors, properly finished, are the easiest of all floor surfaces to keep clean and new looking unlike carpeted or resilient floors that show wear regardless of care. Wood floors can be kept looking like new, year after year, with minimum care.
WOOD FLOOR CARE GUIDE
• Keep grit off the floor. Use dirt-trapping, walk-off mats at all exterior doors to help prevent dirt,
grit and sand from getting inside the building. Throw-rugs or small sections of carpet just inside
the entrances are also recommended. Dirt and grit are any flooring’s worst enemy and that
includes carpets and vinyls as well as hardwoods. Keep door mats clean.
• In kitchens, use area rugs at high spill locations and at work stations-stove, sink, and
refrigerator. Cotton is generally the best fabric since it is easily washed. Mats with a smooth
backing, i.e. rubber or vinyl, may trap water beneath.
• Finishes and certain chemicals in wood oxidize and are affected by ultra violet light sources
causing the wood and finish to change color and develop a patina or age. To avoid uneven
appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape or shade large windows.
• Put fabric glides on the legs of your furniture; they allow furniture to be moved easily without
scuffing the floor. Clean the glides regularly since grit can become embedded in them. Some
furniture may require barrel type roller casters as ball type casters may cause damage. Grey,
non-marking rubber casters are the best. Avoid casters made of hard materials like metals or
• Vacuum regularly, as often as you vacuum carpets; a brush attachment works beautifully.
Sweep or use a dust mop daily or as needed, but do not use a household dust treatment as this
may cause your floor to become slick, dull finish, or interfere with re-coating.
• Wipe up food and other spills promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel. Use a slightly moistened cloth for sticky spills if necessary. Then wipe the floor dry with another cloth or paper towel.
We recommend the following products:
Bona X Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit ( available at Hardwood Flooring Retailers)
White Vinegar and Water – ¼ cup per gallon of water
• Keep heels on shoes in good repair, especially high heels. Heels worn away exposing the steel support rod will dent any floor surface, even concrete.
• By observing these simple suggestions you’ll go a long way toward keeping your hardwood
floors beautiful and making their care easier.
Re-coating Your Hardwood Floor
How often you should re-coat depends on the amount of wear your floor receives. The floor should be re-coated before the raw wood becomes exposed. In which case the area would require a complete sanding.
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