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For stubborn stains, lightly dampen a cloth with manufacturer’s recommended cleaner and apply directly to stain. Do not use petroleum-based cleaners on water-based finishes.
And when floor loses its luster and shine, it’s time to recoat. Unless you yourself are a professional floor cleaner, hire someone.
For wax finishes:
Dry mop regularly with an untreated dust mop. Vacuum, sweep or dust mop regularly to remove grit from floor.
Junior can spill his soda on waxed floor as easily as he can on a surface finish. Follow same instructions.
To remove water spots, use a fine steel wool and a small amount of mineral spirits.
Floors should be cleaned, stripped and rewaxed once or twice a year depending on traffic.
Preventative maintenance for all finishes:
Floor protective pads on bottoms of furniture. Scatter rugs at entrances will help trap grit from shoes that is your hardwood floor’s worst enemy. Sweep, vacuum or dust mop both floor and rugs on a regular basis.
To put it simply, cleaning hardwood floors is not rocket science. It just requires a little effort on consumer’s part. Dirt, grime and dust, though small and almost naked to human eye in most cases, are your hardwood floor’s worst enemy. Keep these enemies of your floor cleaned on a regular basis and you will enjoy a lustrous, shiny floor for years to come.
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Allen Shaw is a successful author who provides tips and information on hardwood flooring and wood flooring in general.