Wood Floor Refinishing

Floor Care Guide

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Because of its beauty and durability, hardwood flooring has experienced a resurgence in demand for home and corporate environments. With continual innovations in preparation and finishes, hardwood flooring proves to be a lasting investment with high returns in appearance and longevity. Caring for hardwood surfaces requires only simple steps and regular maintenance – no more than any other flooring product.

Hardwood Floor Care

Protect High Traffic/High Moisture Areas

Excessive wear can easily be avoided by placing attractive mats in high traffic areas such as entry doors and kitchen sinks. This step not only protects against scuffs from shoes and boots, but it also keeps moisture from making direct contact with the surface. Furniture that is moved frequently should be equipped with floor guards on each leg to prevent scratching and wear. Water damage is readily controlled by placing waterproof trays under houseplants and controlling environmental moisture in basements and other damp areas with a dehumidifier.

Dust Mopping and Vacuuming

Any flooring material – carpet, tile, or vinyl – requires regular dusting and cleaning. Caring for hardwood is perhaps the simplest. A regular dusting and vacuuming will provide years of beauty and enjoyment. This process removes not only unsightly dust but also dirt and particles that can grind into the surface and endanger the floor’s finish. Be sure to select a high quality dust mop or vacuum with a bristle head to remove dust and dirt efficiently. To keep your floor looking its best, dust mop or vacuum at least twice a week. During times of heavier traffic, increase the cleaning frequency to provide lasting protection. When using a dust mop, it is acceptable to use Endust on the mop.

Cleaning Spills

Occasional spills and tracked in dirt can build up over time and require a slightly elevated cleaning over dust mopping. On an as-needed basis, simply employ a mild cleaning solution diluted with lukewarm water and lightly sponge mop the affected area. After sponge mopping, wrap a broom with a clean towel and lightly run this combination across your floor. The cleaning solution loosens the dirt, and the towel will remove it effectively. For smaller, spot cleaning needs, this solution may be used in conjunction with a clean cloth towel to take care of minor incidents.

Recommended Products

  • BONA-X Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit (available at hardwood flooring retailers)
  • Glass cleaners (Windex works best) – ¼ cup per gallon of water
  • Powdered dishwasher detergent – 2 tbsp per gallon of water
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Re-Coating Your Hardwood Floor

Re-coating your hardwood floor is a simple and quick procedure for lasting beauty and preservation. Prior to re-coating, the floor needs to be professionally cleaned and then scuffed to microscopically rough up the surface. This step ensures the new polyurethane will bond effectively with your floor. One or two coats of poly is applied to the floor, taking only a couple of hours. The frequency of re-coating depends only on the amount of wear your floor receives. To safeguard the longevity of your floor’s appearance, the recoating should take place before any raw wood is exposed. If raw wood does appear, the area would then require a complete sanding for effective repair.

Seeking Further Advice

At Authentic Hardwood Flooring, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality floor as well as support throughout its lifetime to maintain its appearance. If at any time you have questions about your existing floor or evaluating a new floor installation, please do not hesitate to contact us for a brief consultation.