How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Excessive amounts of water and wood don’t mix

Wood is a natural material that swells when it absorbs water and shrinks when it dries out. And even though polyurethane and Swedish finishes are more resistant to water, there are seams where boards are put together. When you clean hardwood floors: Wipe up liquid spills before they soak down into these seams. Never pour water directly on the floor or allow water to lay directly on the surface of the floor. Be extra careful with waxed wood finishes. Water can dull your finish, spot the waxed surface and soak into the wood. We don’t recommend a wax finish for a kitchen or other areas where liquid spills are frequent.

Do not spray Endust on your dust mop or directly onto your floor. This tends to leave an oily residue which can make your floors very slippery; it will also prevent us from screening and recoating your floors with in the future because the polyurethane will not stick to any oily substance. Vacuum floors with a brush attachment daily or weekly, depending upon traffic. Dry mop floors with a soft cotton cloth.

Note : Do Not use the following items on wood floors:
Oil Soaps, Wax, Future, Mop-n-Glo, Vinyl floor Wax, Pine Sol, Other household cleaners.
Spills should be wiped up promptly before they become sticky or hard. Wipe up all spills or spots with a damp, well wrung out cloth. Dry off afterwards.

Never use soap (which can leave a residue) or ammonia based cleaners in the water. Periodically, you may “tack-rag” (a cloth wrapped around a push broom) or wipe your floor with a thoroughly wrung out cloth that has been dipped in water only. For urine clean up, wipe the area with a damp wrung out cloth that has been dipped into a gallon of water with l/2 cup of white vinegar added. Dry area off afterwards.

Never pour water directly on the floor or allow water to lay directly on the surface of the floor as this can cause the wood to swell or buckle.

An occasional buffing with a soft pad or cotton cloth can help restore the luster. Check for traffic patterns in high usage areas. Before finish is worn to raw wood, have floors recoated with polyurethane

Never Wax Polyurethene.

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