I wanted to provide a little insight into my trade after going to see a client who tried to refinish his own floors with some rented equipment. Some things are fairly DIY safe but some are a little more complicated. I liken it to car maintenance. I have no formal training, but I do have wrenches, screwdrivers, and Youtube, so I can do oil changes and basic maintenance but should I take apart my transmission? That is a recipe for disaster, trust me.
I get this question a lot, especially right after I have refinished someone’s hardwood floors. They want them to look new for as long as possible. So I thought I could make a list of some things to do and not do.
DO keep a walk off mat, at every outside entry. Make sure it is suitable for hardwood floors. This will catch any dirt or small rocks before they get on your hardwood floor.
DO vacuum or dry mop the hardwood floor regularly. This will remove any dirt or grit before it can damage your floor.
DO clean up any liquid or sticky messes quickly. You can use a damp cloth, or a hardwood floor specific cleaner for this.
DO use any cleaner that’s recommended by your hardwood floor finish manufacturer. Some hardwood floor finish manufacturers have a specific cleaner they make or recommend. Such as a hard wax oil, like Rubio Monocoat, has it’s own cleaner. It’s best to use that.
DO NOT use a steam mop to clean your hardwood floors. These mops force moisture down into the wood, and over time this can break down the finish and the structure of the hardwood. Too much moisture and hardwood floors do not mix.
DO NOT mop your hardwood floor. Again this goes back to the point of too much moisture is a bad thing.
DO NOT use any “soap” or “rejuvenation” products. Most of these products are not compatible with modern polyurethane finishes. Also they can leave a film that attracts dirt and dust, which can build up over the floor, leaving a streaky mess on top of your hardwood floor.
These are a few things that I have found help keep a hardwood floor clean. If you have any tips of your own, please share.
Refinishing your hardwood floors is a big investment, not only with your pocket book, but emotionally. You have taken the time to choose someone you trust to come into your home, you have made sure that the colour you have chosen, you will love now, but also for the foreseeable future. The hardwood floor has come out great, it looks like new, and now you want sure your hardwood floors look that good for a long time. Continue reading Protect your hardwood floors→