How To Care For Your Wood Floors

The following cleaning and maintenance tips apply to wood floors sealed and finished with a clear protective coating such as polyurethane or factory pre-finished UV coatings.

General cleaning of wood floor is recommended once every 1-2 weeks. Floors subject to heavy traffic should be cleaned on a more frequent basis. For easy, safe maintenance of your wood floor, we recommend a Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit. Most kits contain a specially designed mop, a 32 or 24oz Hardwood Floor Cleaning, and a washable terry cloth mop cover. This kit may be purchased from Sani-Bright.

Follow these instructions:

1.    Vacuum or sweep

Always vacuum or sweep to remove dirt and any grit prior to cleaning your wood floors.

2.    Spray

Lightly mist a 6′ x 6′ area of your wood floor, or directly mist the mop’s terry cloth cover.

3.    Wipe

Using a back and forth motion, clean the floor surfaces with your mop or clean terry cloth. Finish an area before moving on to the next. The mop’s low profile and easy-to-maneuver swivel-head makes it a perfect cleaning tool for hard-to-reach areas such as under furniture and cabinets, around doors, or in tight corners. When your terry cloth cover becomes soiled, replace it with a clean one. Continued use of excessively soiled covers may cause streaking. Most of the terry cloths in today’s market are reusable. Simply wash and dry them as you would any towel. When a spill occurs, soak up the liquid promptly. Mist the affected area with Hardwood Floor Cleaner and wipe with a mop or a clean, soft cloth.

Keep your floor clean! Grit tracked in under your feet ruins the surface of wood floors, and any other flooring material, faster than anything else. No grit, no damage.

To help maintain your floor, do the following:

  • Blot up spills immediately.
  • Dust mop floors using an untreated mop and proper wood floor cleaner.
  • Use door mats and walk-off mats whenever possible to keep dirt and grit off the floor.

Avoid the following with wood floors:

  • DO NOT use powder cleaners or soft cream cleaners (Soft Scrub)
  • DO NOT use mold removers (Tile X, X14, etc.) or disinfectants (Lysol).
  • DO NOT use furniture polish (Pledge, Jubilee, Endust).
  • DO NOT USE VINEGAR!