Protecting and Maintaining the Finish of
Your Beautiful Wood Flooring
When you have finished your floor with a penetrating sealer,
the final touch of beauty and to protect the sealer. Apply a good
coat of either a liquid buffing wax or paste wax. Use only
brands that are designated for hardwood floors. If a liquid, be
sure it has a solvent base (has the odor of mineral spirits) and
does not contain water.
The wax will give a lustrous sheen to the floor and form a
protective film that prevents dirt from penetrating the finish
and will help prevent scratches. Be sure the finish coat is
thoroughly dry before applying wax. Apply a thin coat of wax,
let dry and buff with a #1 steel wool pad. For increased luster
follow by buffing with a polishing pad or a thick pile wool
Waxing a commercial installation creates a slipperiness hazard.
Gymnasium and roller rink floors should never be waxed. They
require special maintenance procedures and products.
If you have applied a Wax finish over your Polyurethane or other
Surface type finished floor, the floor must be re-sanded and
refinished when wear patterns become prominent. NOTE: Most
manufacturers of surface finishes do not recommend waxing.
Always follow with the finish manufacturers recommendations.
After occupancy, continue to control the environment. Extended
times (more than 1 month) without HVAC controls can promote
elevated moisture conditions which can adversely affect
Wood floors, properly finished, are the easiest of all floor
surfaces to keep clean and new looking. Unlike carpeted or
resilient floors that show age regardless of care, wood floors
can be kept looking like new, year after year, with minimum
What is minimum care? A good rule of thumb is to vacuum or dust
mop weekly. Always check with the manufacturer for their
recommendations on cleaning and maintenance. If the floor is
waxed, occasional buffing helps remove scuff marks that may
appear in the wax coating. A waxed floor need only be re-waxed
once or twice a year, or as often as needed in heavily traveled
lanes using a paste wax, liquid buffing wax, or wax/cleaner
combination. Wax-coated finishes should never be cleaned with
water, not even with a damp mop. Read the label.
For surface finished floors (polyurethane and the like), before
you use any cleaner, check with the manufacturer of the finish
used on that floor for their recommendations.
Do not generally wet a floor with water or any cleaner which
requires mixing with water. A cloth or mop wetted with water and
squeezed dry may be used to wipe up food and other spills,
provided the area is buffed dry immediately.
Never intentionally pour water onto a floor. Excessive amounts
of water may find a way to seep between the boards or into
scratches causing wood fibers to swell and affect the finish.
Overall Appearance. After reading this Manual and performing the
directed tasks either by you or a professional, your beautiful
hardwood floor will be ready to be inspected for acceptance.
Inspection should be done from a standing position with normal
lighting. Glare, particularly from large windows, magnifies any
irregularity in the floors and should not determine acceptance.
A finish similar to that found on fine furniture should not be
expected. Trash in the finish, a wavy look along strips, deep
swirls or sander marks, and splotchy areas can be indications of
inadequate finishing or cleaning. The quality of the finish can
be acceptable and still include some of these problems, but they
should not appear over the entire floor.
The perimeter and hard to reach areas (i.e. under radiators,
around cabinets and cabinet cut-outs, closets, corners, etc.)
are most likely to contain these irregularities.
Again, when inspected from a standing position these
irregularities may be present but should not be prominent.
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