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Problem solving - Cleaning hardwood floor


 

Immediately dean spills with a dry cloth. Avoid ribbing the spill into the floor. Once the spill is soaked up, use a damp cloth to blot the remaining residue on the floor. Rinse your cloth often and thoroughly wring it out before using it again. Use a d clean cloth to dry the area when you are done. If it is still sticky allow the area to dry and then use a damp mop.

 

 

As a last resort, stubborn sticky wood floors need to be wet mopped. Only wet mop the floor if the finish is in good condition. A sponge mop moistened with a mixture of water and a mild wood floor cleaner or a neutral pH soap or detergent (1 gal - ˝ cup cleaner) is all that is required. The mop should just barely be damp at any given time. Excess water can seriously damage wood floors. After cleaning, use a towel to thoroughly dry the floor.

 

 

If a liquid spill fades your hardwood floor, lightly sand the damaged area and apply new finish. Do not use a wax finish over a surface finish.

 

HERE'S HOW

Make sure you know what sort of finish (wax or urethane) is on your wood floor, and use products specifically for your floor surface. Look for products labeled “for wood floor cleaning,” for example. Avoid ammonia products or soaps with oil; use pH-balanced cleaners for routine cleaning.

 

WHAT IF... ?

If you have laminate flooring, follow the cleaning recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Many manufacturers caution against cleaning with water or any cleaner that’s mixed with water.

Use no marking floor protectors on your furniture’s ‘feet.” Sets often include nails or screws to attach the feet. There are also special protectors for wheels. Be sure to buy the correct size and style for your furniture.

 
 

 

 

 

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