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Tips on Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

December 20, 2012


Quality hardwoods can easily last a lifetime if maintained and cared for properly. With Christmas and other holidays quickly approaching, it's a great time to give a little "TLC" to your hardwoods. Have a stain from Aunt Betty that just won't go away? Follow the cleaning tips below and get your floor ready to be seen by friends and family!  
 

BASIC CARE FOR ALL HARDWOODS:

  • Doormats and Rugs - Shoes carry dirt particles that will scratch the surface of your hardwood floors and will result in faster aging. Placing a rug in front of doors will help remove some of the dirt. For high traffic areas, use non-staining rugs to protect the surface. Never place mats or rugs near your sink or dishwasher as water may be an issue in these areas.
  • Furniture Protectors - Placing furniture protectors (felt pads) on the bottom of all the legs of your furniture will keep it from scratching the wood when it is moved.
  • Regular Sweeping - Sweep your floors daily to remove dust, dirt, and debris, minimizing damage to the surface. You can also vacuum as long as it does not have a beater bar.
  • Spills - Immediately wipe up all spills to avoid any excess moisture seeping into the wood.

 

EASY STEPS TO CLEANING HARDWOODS:
How to Clean Your Hardwoods if They Have a Surface-Sealed Finish:

     1.      Sweep floor to remove dirt and dust particles. 
     2.      Mop carefully using a solution of water and dish detergent (or other solution made especially for 
             surface-sealed hardwood floors). Remember to never let standing water sit on your floors. 
     3.      Buff your floor with a clean, soft towel until completely dry.


How to Clean Your Hardwoods if They Have Any Other Type of Finish:
     1.      Sweep floor to remove dirt and dust particles. 
     2.      Use a soft, dry cloth to buff away any stains or scuffs.
     3.      Use a liquid wax stripper designed for your floor's particular finish, following the manufacturer's
              directions 
              exactly. Then allow the floor to dry.
     4.      Use a wax formula made especially for your floor's particular finish type and apply a thin layer 
              according to the manufacturer's directions. Allow time for the wax to dry and then apply a second
              coat if necessary. 
     5.      Rent a buffing machine or use a dry, soft towels to polish your floor to a nice shine.

Do not use any kind of wax finish on urenthane floor finishes. Once wax is used it must remain wax unless the floor is refinished. 
 

REMOVING STAINS:
Depending on the type of stain to be removed, they are specific ways to treat it:

  • Water - Use sandpaper or steel wool to remove, and then refinish.
  • Cigarette Burns - Dampen a piece of steel wool and use it to remove stain.
  • Heel Marks - Rub vigorously with steel wool to clean floor.
  • Ink - Wash the area using steel wool and floor cleaner. If cleaning is unsuccessful, sand the spot and refinish.
  • Gum - Harden with ice until brittle, then break off. Clean with a cloth to remove any gum that remained.

 
Call us if you have any questions! 972-9640-1480


Posted December 20, 2012

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