MAINTENANCE for HARDWOOD FLOORS
The key to lasting beauty of your wood flooring
investment is proper maintenance for the life of your floor. Included
in this page are care guide lines, maintaining urethanes finishes, wax
finishes, and the Do's & Don'ts of your wood floor product.
Preventive maintenance for wood floors today involves protecting the
finish from scratches,
spills and moisture.
Customers who realize that their floors aren't impervious to an
onslaught of spills, grit and
water will be less likely to call back with complaints in the future.
That means explaining
proper maintenance. The key points to tell customers about maintenance
MAINTENANCE FOR ALL FLOORS:
~ Follow manufacturer's recommendations if known.
~ Install floor protector pads on the bottom of all furniture.
~ Place protective rugs or mats at all entrances to the area. These rugs
help trap grit and also
absorb moisture before either one has a chance to damage the floor.
These should be placed
after the finish is fully cured.
~ High heels should be kept in good repair - if they lose their
protective cap, they will dent the
surface of any floor.
~ The floor should be swept, vacuumed and/or dust-mopped with a
recommended hardwood floor
cleaner regularly to remove dirt and grit, and rugs should be shaken out
frequently. (Use only
vacuums that have a special hard-surface setting).
ACRYLIC IMPREGNATED FLOORS:
These floors come in two types: those coated
with urethane, and those that are not.
~ Urethane-coated acrylic impregnated floors require routine sweeping.
vacuuming or dust
mopping. as well as damp-mopping with a recommended cleaner.
~ Non-urethane-coated acrylic-impregnated floors, typically used for
should be swept, vacuumed or dust-mopped. In addition. however, they
should routinely be
buffed with a low-speed buffing machine and the appropriate cleaner.
When the floor becomes dull,
some manufacturers recommend that the floor be lightly screened. and a
conditioning product and
cleaner should be used.
~ Most finish manufacturers do not recommend wet mopping.
~ Never use a household dust treatment.
~ Always use manufacturers' recommended cleaning products. If the
manufacturer is not
known, use a recommended hardwood floor cleaner available at local
retail wood flooring
~ Never use wax on top of a non-wax surface finish.
~ Wipe up spills immediately with a lightly dampened cloth, then follow
up with a recommended cleaning product.
~ For stubborn stains. lightly dampen a soft cloth with a manufacturer's
cleaner or a hardwood floor cleaner. Apply directly to the stain and
repeat as necessary.
~ Never use petroleum-based cleaners on waterbased finishes.
o When the floor loses its luster, it's time for a recoat.
~ Never use a water-based cleaner on wax floors.
~ Wipe up spills immediately with a dry cloth. This may dull the area.
50 buffing may be required.
~ To remove white spots caused by water spills, use a fine steel wool
and a small amount of mineral
spirits. Rub gently in a circular motion until the spot is gone, then
rewax the area and rebuff.
~When the floor loses its luster in heavy traffic areas. buff to a satin
shine. \\'hen the buffing
does not produce a shine. rewax only the dull areas. Note that too much
wax causes the floor to
~ Impress on your customers that they should use the cleaning products
recommended by the
flooring manufacturer - not doing so can void the floor's warranty.
~Using the correct cleaner on their wood floors is to include
the cost of the cleaner into the job with the initial bid, or at least
offer it at the time you're
finishing the job.
~Customers should be aware of a recoat schedule. They'll be disappointed
if they've been lead to believe that
their floors will look brand-new forever. Take a proactive stance in
this regard. Leave behind a
recoating schedule, If the floor performs as you've said it will, the
customer will feel
confident calling you when it's time for a recoat. Customer should make
a note of this on the inside door or shelve of their cleaning product closet/area.
The Do's and Don'ts of Wood
Advanced finish technology and innovative
products make wood one of the most beautiful and easy-care flooring
materials today. FinishingWoodFloors.com offers these guidelines that
will help preserve a beautiful finish and keep maintenance to a