Wood Floor Maintenance Tips From A Pro
3 Simple Steps to Maintaining Wood Floors
This guide is brought to you courtesy of HSW Floors, hardwood flooring contractor in Dallas, TX.
ONE: Sweep up the grit. But whatever you do, don't use your carpet
vacuum cleaner. The hard wheels will scuff and possibly leave scratches in the finish of your floor. Simply use a flat wood floor mop to sweep up dirt. If you have
a large amount of wood floors and tile in your home or place of
business, consider investing in a commercial backpack vacuum such as the "SuperCoach" with the
proper accessories. It will make the job easier.
TWO: Mop the floors. However, you must use the right cleaning solution or you could leave a residue on the floors. Site-finished polyurethane wood floors and factory finished wood floors don't need oil soap or vinegar or pine cleaner. If you're looking for something in the local hardware store, be sure to look closely at the label. If it says "restores shine", leave it on the shelf. The cleaner should be an alcohol and water solution which will leave the floor residue free. Use a spray bottle to apply the cleaner and a flat mop for the cleanup. Don't pour the solution onto the floor. You just want to dampen the floor with the cleaner.
THREE: Protect the floor from furniture. Use felt pads to keep
chairs from scratching the floor where the chair leg meets the floor.
Same for any other furniture that occasionally gets moved around.
Specific products that I'd avoid:
Murphy's Oil Soap, PineSol or other Pine Products, Vinegar, Furniture Polish, OrangeGlo Polish and Cleaner, Bona Kemi Floor Refresher, Pledge Wood Floor Cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet products, Bissell or other hardwood floor cleaning machines, Steam Mop
Think carpet shampoo for wood floors... Just like carpeting requires an occasional shampoo or dry cleaning to remove soil and grime that vacuuming doesn't take care of, wood floors have a few long-term maintenance items that will keep them looking great and help avoid the guy with the sander.
Let me first say this. If all you do is clean your floors, you're not cleaning up everything. That mild cleaner doesn't have the muscle to cut through stubborn grime and build-up soil.
If you're wood floors have lost their luster, a deep cleaning may be in order. We use Basic Coatings Commercial Floor Maintenance system. Starting with IFT (Intensive Floor Treatment) and followed by a rinse with Squeaky, this system is safe for use on most urethane finished and prefinished wood floor products. They are both available on Amazon.com (see below), however you MUST follow the instructions carefully. If you don't want to take this on yourself, Basic Coatings can find a local distributor in your area and should be able to refer you to a professional who is experienced with this system.
Wood Floor Maintenance Products
Flat mop, great for wood floors.
Concentrate cleaner, best value for your $$.
Comments 8 comments
Hubs by the same author
- Wood Floor Types: Laminate, Engineered, Solid
Homeowners have lots of options to choose from when it comes to selecting a wood floor for their home. Not all of them are suitable for every homeowner or every home but with a little bit of helpful...
- "Green" Products For Wood Floors
A LOOK AT WOOD FLOOR FINISHES: Water-Based Polyurethane isn't about going green, it's about saving green. If you're about to invest in solid wood floors for your home, its worth your time to hear about...
- What is a hand scraped wood floor?
Hand scraped wood floors harken back to a time long ago when a team of highly skilled wood flooring craftsmen would scrape their clients wood floors by hand to create a unique hand-made, rustic look. Homeowners began to recognize the practical...
More by this Author
What is a hand scraped wood floor? Hand scraped wood floors are nothing new. In fact, American wood flooring craftsmen in the mid 1800's used a scraping tool to level out uneveness between planks long before...