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Wood Floor Tips

Wood floors that are cared for properly should never have to be replaced. Learn how you can clean and care for your wood flooring to keep it looking great for years.
  • Specific care for wood floors with a wax finish

    If your sweeper or dust mop does not restore the shine to a wood floor with a wax finish, try buffing to restore the shine rather than immediately applying another coat of wax. Buffing should always be tried before adding another coat of wax, as this will often provide a nice shine without adding another layer of waxy build-up. 

    If this still does not work, you will need to apply a wood floor cleaner and liquid wax made specifically for wood floors. After this has been applied, let the wood dry and then buff. This process should be carried out once or twice a year depending upon the traffic. 

    Common stains and how to remove them from a wax finished floor:

    • Food Stains 
      Most food stains can be cleaned by rubbing the area gently with a damp cloth. Start on the outside of the stain, and work your way in. Be sure to dry and wax the surface when you are done.
    • Water Spots (white spots) and Dark Spots (ink) 
      You should first use #000 steel wool to remove water or ink spots from your wood floor. If this doesn't work, try a very fine sand paper, and then #00 steel wool and a wood floor cleaner. Be sure to wax and buff when complete.
    • Surface Marks 
      Scratches or marks in the surface of the wax finish can be cured by lightly applying a small amount of wax to the area, and then buff.
    • Soft or Sticky Substances 
      Make the substance hard by applying a cold pack or ice cube. This should allow the material to crumble away from the floor. 

  • Specific cleaning care for wood floors with a surface finish

    If your sweeper or dust mop does not restore the shine to your surface finished floor, try cleaning with a wood floor cleaner formula recommended by the manufacturer for cleaning wood floors with a urethane finish. If this still doesn't work, the floor should receive a new coat of surface finish. Keep in mind you should never wax a surface finished floor. 

    Common stains and how to remove them from a surface finished floor:

    • Stains and Spots 
      Clean-up food, water, ink and other types of stains using a wood floor cleaner or a hard wood floor cleaner specifically made for a urethane finish.
    • Scratches to Surface 
      Repair nicks and scratches using a urethane finish repair kit.
    • Soft or Sticky Substances 
      Make the substance hard by applying a cold pack or ice cube. This should allow the material to crumble away from the floor. If a stain remains, use a wood floor cleaner or a hard wood floor cleaner specifically made for a urethane finish.
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