Hardwood floor finishes maintenance
To protect the lasting beauty of your wood floors
Respect drying and curing times
Wood floor enemies
Wood floors are acknowledged for their beauty and their warm appearance. Usual floor cleaners leave streaks, marks and residues that damage and deteriorate your floor. Some enemies of your hardwood floors:
All-purpose cleaners : Avoid washing wood floors with non-specialized cleaners as they contain detergents, and surface active, caustic or alkaline agents that will modify the floor's sheen. These cleaners leave a residue that traps dirt and obstructs your floor's protection.
Water : Excessive quantities of water will infiltrate between the boards and in scratches deteriorating the finish and discolouring the wood. Make sure spills are quickly mopped up.
Vinegar : A few years ago, vinegar was recommended for cleaning wood floors. This acidic liquid however prematurely ages the floor's finish.
Wax : Oil soap cleaners and waxes leave a greasy, oily film that will lead to surface build-up and leave your wood floor sticky and hard to maintain and restore.
Others : Avoid perfumes and deodorants, glass cleaners containing ethylene glycol or ammonia, highly alkaline cleaning products (bathroom cleansers, detergents, degreasers), hydroxide-based products (sodium, potassium, phosphate), or products containing bleach or ammonia.