What Not To Use
There are certain products that should never be used on hardwood floors. Avoid using:
• Formula 409®
• Dishwashing Detergent
• Powdered All-Purpose Cleaners
|• Paste Wax
• Murphy® Oil Soap
• Pledge® (Or Other Dusting Products)
• Mop & Glo®
• Brite™ Mop & Shine Floor Polish (Or Other Floor Polishes)
Do Not Wax or Spray Buff
Water-based urethane finishes require little maintenance, so it is not necessary to wax or polish your floor. These products actually make the floor harder to clean and cause problems for future recoats.
Following a regular maintenance program will preserve your hardwood floor for years. Eventually, your floor may need to be recoated. A hardwood floor should be recoated when the original finish is showing signs of wear but before it has worn down to the bare wood. Bare wood will be stained by dirt and grime and will require re-sanding.
Protect Your Floor
Place throw rugs in front of sinks, doors leading outside, and other high-traffic areas. Do not do this until at least two weeks after the finish has been applied. Chairs and furniture that are moved frequently should have floor glides attached to the bottom of each leg to prevent scratching and wear.
Daily Dust Mopping or Vacuuming
Regular dust mopping or vacuuming is an essential part of hardwood floor care. To keep your floor looking its best, dust mopping or vacuuming is recommended at least twice a week, or more on floors that get heavy traffic.