Wood Floor Tips
Wood floors are becoming more popular as people are starting to focus on a healthy home. Wood floors that are cared for properly should never have to be replaced. Most nicks and scratches can be fixed by replacing the finish on the wood, and spills can be cleaned easily with very little worry of staining. Keep reading to find out how to care for your wood floors properly with various wood floor cleaners.
There are mainly three types of finishes that can be placed on wood floors: varnish/shellac, wax, or a surface finish (urethane). Before using a wood floor cleaner, you first must determine the type of finish placed on the wood. Most new floors come with either a wax or surface finish.
Use the proper wood floor cleaner or hard floor cleaner regardless of the wood's finish. You should never use vinyl or tile floor cleaners on wood.
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:
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.
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.
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 (urethane)
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.