Friday, September 23, 2011

Cleaning your hardwood floors

Customers are constantly asking us how to maintain their wood floors.  Nothing could be simpler!  If floors are less than 15 years old, they will usually have a polyurethane finish, which requires very little up keep.  There are many commercial cleaners on the market which you can purchase and use with a "swifter" type mop.  A home made solution is using vinegar and water (1:3 ratio).  Whatever solution you decide to use, don't use too much liquid on the floor.  Just spray the floor lightly and mop!  Keep the mop only slightly damp and never saturated.

Vacuuming and dust-mopping on a daily basis can help keep dirt and grit off the floor.  Small dirt particles left on the floor from sweeping can act like sandpaper on your floors.  Keep rugs both inside and outside of entry ways, and in high traffic areas such as kitchen sinks, hallways, and at the refrigerator.

Proper cleaning will give you the maximum life from your floor finish and reduce the chance of you having to sand and finish your floors.  Good luck and happy cleaning!

*For more information visit our website at or the National Wood Flooring Association at


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