Proper Care and Maintenance
Proper care and maintenance will help ensure your hardwood floor always looks it’s best, while making sure your investment continues to appreciate in value. Here are some care and maintenance pointers from Interior Pros Online.
- Once a week or so, vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor. Do this more often if you think it’s needed. Make sure your vacuum head is brush or felt. A wand attachment is preferable. Don’t use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. A hardwood floor swivel-head mop with a micro fiber cover also works well to eliminate fine particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
- Spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped up immediately. For spot cleaning, use a cleaner specifically intended for a hardwood floor with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions. Periodically, as necessary, thoroughly clean your floor with a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Never clean or wet mop with water. Water can permanently damage your floor.
- Never apply wax treatments to a urethane-coated floor.
- Never use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar. Many of these products can pit or etch your floor’s finish and inhibit the effectiveness of recommended maintenance products.
- Interior and exterior doormats are a good idea at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent them from being tracked onto the floor.
- Area rugs cut down on wear in front of the kitchen sink, at “pivot points” and in high-traffic areas. Use rugs made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment. Don’t use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.
- Don’t damage your floor with shoes that have heel taps or sharp objects protruding from the sole such as rocks, exposed nails and gravel.
- Avoid walking on your floor with spike-heeled shoes. If you must, be sure to properly maintain your spike or stiletto high heels to minimize potential damage from the steel heel support.
- Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratching.
- Don’t roll or slide heavy objects directly on your floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a solid protective covering on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it. Carpet or cardboard doesn’t adequately protect against surface compression scratches.
- Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture and make sure to keep them clean and well maintained.
- Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
- Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
- Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and UV-resistant film on large glass doors and windows.
Floor First Aid
- For spots caused by food, water or animals, use a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- For grease, lipstick, crayon, ink and rubber heel marks, use a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- For chewing gum and candle wax, apply ice in a sealed plastic bag to the top of the gum or wax deposit. Wait until the deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off. After removal, clean the entire area with a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- For minor abrasions and scratches, use a touch-up kit specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions, to make minor repairs.
- For chips, broken edges and gaps, use a touch-up pen or fill stick specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- For deep scratches and gouges, individual boards can be replaced, as necessary.
Caring For Your Hardwood Floor
Caring for your new Hardwood Floor with the Bona Hardwood Floor Car Cleaning System is as easy as 1… 2… 3…
- Vacuum, Sweep or Dry Mop: The best method of removing dirt, dust and grit from your floor is by using the Bona MicroPlus Dusting Pad. You can also vacuum with a soft brush attachment. If using the Bona MicroPlus mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit after dry-mopping by vacuuming it thoroughly then proceed to clean the floor with Bona® Swedish Formula® Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
- Spray: Lightly mist the cleaning pad directly with the Bona Swedish Formula® Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
- Clean: Using a slightly dampened, well wrung-out Bona MicroPlus cleaning pad, thoroughly clean the floor surface using your Bona MicroPlus mop. Finish one area before moving on to the next.
When your mop pad becomes soiled, rinse with water, thoroughly wring out the pad and continue cleaning with Swedish Formula® Hardwood Floor Cleaner. When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and replace with another clean mop pad. Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking. Your Bona MicroPlus cleaning pads are reusable and washable.
Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your MicroPlus cleaning pad, as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the microfiber.
When a spill occurs, soak up the liquid right away. Mist the mop head directly with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona MicroPlus mop or a MicroPlus Floor Cloth.