Once your new floor (or recently sanded and sealed) is installed the next step to ensure long life is to adopt the correct cleaning programme. Here is the McKay Flooring guide to maintaining and cleaning your wood flooring.
McKay’s 10 point check list
1. Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and refinish the floor.
2. Place mats and throw rugs at doorway exteriors and interiors to help
prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.
3. Never wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish,
damage the wood and leave a discolouring residue.
4. Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
5. Do not over-wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead.
Avoid wax build-up under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
6. Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to
prevent scuffing and scratching.
7. Remember that cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any
floor surface. When a 125 pound woman takes a step in high heels she exerts 2,000 psi (pounds per square inch). An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 psi.
8. When moving heavy furniture, completely pick up the furniture and
carry rather than slide to best protect the wood flooring.
9. For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the
10. Use a humidifier in the home throughout the winter months to keep all wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
Hot Tips on Wood Floor Cleaning & Maintenance
Dust mop, sweep or vacuum regularly. Clean with a manufacturer’s recommended
cleaner. Recoat the floor with a surface finish when cleaning no longer restores
shine. The frequency of recoating depends on the amount of traffic. A surface
finished floor should never be waxed.
Repairing Scratches and Removing Stains
Unlike most other floor coverings, wood is very forgiving. Most problems can be
prevented by keeping the floors vacuumed and waxed (if you have a wax finished
floor) and by wiping up spills immediately. If the wood flooring is damaged, first
determine whether the scratches or stains are in the wood or in the top coat finish.
First Aid for Floors
Scratches: Repair with a touch-up kit made for urethane finishes which are available from any wood flooring retailer.
Food, water or dark spots (dog spots): Use a cleaner developed specifically for urethane finishes to remove the spot or stain. More stubborn spots may require additional scrubbing with the cleaner and a wood flooring scrub pad made for urethane floors.
Greasy spots: Rub the grease, lipstick, crayon or oil with a cleaner developed for urethane.
Cigarette burns: Most common burns can be treated with a touch-up kit made for urethane finishes (rub with sandpaper, stain and refinish). For burns that reach deep into the wood, individual plank or parquet boards may need to be replaced.
Chewing gum, crayon, wax: Apply a plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit until it is brittle enough to crumble off. Clean area with a product made for urethane finishes. Again, always use the wood flooring manufacturer’s cleaning, repair
and finish products when known.