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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Search Add New Question If I have been using diluted vinegar with peppermint oil for cleaning, but recently haven’t been able to remove the bare footprints from my floors, should I make a stronger vinegar solution? wikiHow Contributor You could try mild soap and water for just the footprints and then go back over with the vinegar/water. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 13 Can I use a steam mop on hardwood floors? wikiHow Contributor Yes, it is the best for this purpose. However, it needs to be steam, not wet. Also ensure that it dries quickly. Obviously, do not leave wet or the floor will warp. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 18 Helpful 22 I have old hardwood floors that actually need to be replaced, but I can’t afford to do it at this time. Should I just clean them really well? wikiHow Contributor If you are going to replace them eventually, you may try painting them, even creating a pattern of blocks of paint like floor tiles. Many decorating books and magazines show this process sometimes. It would be a fun look and help you delay getting the floors replaced. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 5 How should I maintain old hardwood floors with a varnish finish? wikiHow Contributor Put a little mineral spirits on a white rag and rub it on the floor. Allow a couple drops of water to sit on the floor, then rub the spot on the floor with sandpaper. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 11 Helpful 10 How can I remove sticky back plastic from laminate flooring? wikiHow Contributor Use a produce called “Goo Gone.” It dissolves the sticky back. You might need to leave it on for a 20-30 seconds to let it soak into the sticky back. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 1
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

The Bona Kemi Prep System of the Basic Coatings  Tycoat (www.basiccoating.com) recoating systems are expensive and generally for the professional refinisher, but may be the best answer for recoating those prefinished floors. The irregular surface that prefinshed floors present makes the normal scuff-sanding (or screening) impractical, whereas the gentle scrubbing with chemical prep agents provide a more thorough preparation of these surfaces. I have yet to try these professional products as I generally stay clear of prefinished floors anyway, but I hope to get some samples and will do some simple adhesion tests to see if these products live up to their promises.
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Just remember once you use this wax it may be impossibe to remove it all. Someday you may want to recoat the floor with a modern film finish, like polyurethane. You will have to sand the floor to the bare wood and completely refinish it. With a well maintained acrlyc waxed floor you may not have to for twenty years or so. I wouldn’t suggest using this water based waxing and stripping system on a prefinished floor, there  are just to many seams exposed to the water. But, a prefinished floor that has been re-coated at least twice on site will be quite water resistant.
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

If the floor is in a kitchen or heavily used area, one more coat than is normal must be applied. A lot of poorly finished floors cannot handle any kind of water based cleaners. Be sure you know that you have one of these 5 finishing systems before you start to clean you floor.  I’ll assume that a prefinished floor has a factory applied conversion finish that is not a wax or oil based. These floors can be damp mopped with water based cleaners,  but not wet mopped! I’ll discuss this later.
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

For those that have prefinished floors, there is a floor refresher.  While it’s  a little more trouble to use than a wax, Bona Kemi claims that you can re-coat over top of this with a floor finish at a later date. The Bona Kemi Swedish Formula Refresher Kit comes with cleaning supplies and a low solids acrilyc finish. After you thoroughly clean the floor you apply this finish and allow a couple of hours for it to dry. You needn’t do this more than 2 or three times a year in heavily used areas. The main advantage is that it has such a low build up that when it comes time to screen and recoat your floors with a new coating of a water based finish, this refresher shouldn’t interfere with it’s adhesion. Visit the Bona Kemi web site for  more information on these kits at www.bonakemi.com.
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

When it comes to adding warmth, beauty, and value to your home, hardwood can’t be beat. And thanks to the wide array of prefinished solid-wood flooring now on the market, it’s never been easier to replace or find a match for your old floors. These wood strips and planks are typically coated with multiple layers of an aluminum-oxide-infused polyurethane and cured under UV lights; this process creates an exceptionally hard finish that will outlast once applied in your home on unfinished wood. Equally appealing: You can walk on the floor the day it’s laid, since there’s no messy sanding or long wait times for clear top coats to dry.
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

I get a lot of questions about how to clean and maintain a hardwood floor from two groups of people. The first group is lucky.  To begin, they have a new floor finish. This new floor finish will  be either on a new prefinished floor, or a sand-on-site floor, or on a recently resanded and refinished existing wood floor. Mostly what these folks are missing is information on how to maintain that floor finish.
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How To Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Cleaning something as valuable as hardwood can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure what the finish is. To clean your hardwood floor without damaging the finish, follow these steps. Patience and a little elbow grease are all you’ll need to get nice, clean floors.
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Immediately wipe up any wet spills on hardwood floors. No matter what your finish, you should never leave moisture to sit around on hardwood floors. It can damage the seal and the wood permanently if you’re not careful. Wipe it up with a damp cloth, then dry the surface completely.
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Tips Ask a flooring specialist if your hardwood requires waxing or buffing. These procedures keep your floors radiant and shiny, though they will also become somewhat slippery for a few days after. Always buff in a circular motion starting in one corner of the room, working your way toward the exit. The same applies to waxing; after finishing the treatment, avoid walking on the floor for at least thirty minutes to one hour. When guests are coming, put down carpet runners over the flooring in the most traveled areas. These elegant rugs are both stylish and functional, sparing the floors the trauma of high heels and heavy shoes that could leave dents. If you would prefer to not use runners, consider at least installing a floor mat near the exterior entrances. These will catch most of the dirt that visitors might track in, making the party a bit easier on your home. If you do happen to notice a scratch in your floor, do not panic. Pick up a wood repair kit that matches your hardwood from your local hardware store as well as some floor wax. Using the kit, paint very carefully over the scratch along the grain of the wood. Allow the paint to dry before applying wax with a paintbrush until it matches the smoothness of the surrounding floorboards.
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Ask a flooring specialist if your hardwood requires waxing or buffing. These procedures keep your floors radiant and shiny, though they will also become somewhat slippery for a few days after. Always buff in a circular motion starting in one corner of the room, working your way toward the exit. The same applies to waxing; after finishing the treatment, avoid walking on the floor for at least thirty minutes to one hour. When guests are coming, put down carpet runners over the flooring in the most traveled areas. These elegant rugs are both stylish and functional, sparing the floors the trauma of high heels and heavy shoes that could leave dents. If you would prefer to not use runners, consider at least installing a floor mat near the exterior entrances. These will catch most of the dirt that visitors might track in, making the party a bit easier on your home. If you do happen to notice a scratch in your floor, do not panic. Pick up a wood repair kit that matches your hardwood from your local hardware store as well as some floor wax. Using the kit, paint very carefully over the scratch along the grain of the wood. Allow the paint to dry before applying wax with a paintbrush until it matches the smoothness of the surrounding floorboards.
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Use a recommended cleaner and damp mop for stubborn dirt. For significant dirt, you may want to use a floor cleaner along with the damp mop. Your floor manufacturer will provide you with the most appropriate cleaners and products. Follow your product’s instructions to create a cleaning solution, dunk your mop into it, and wring it out very thoroughly. Run it over the surface of the floor, focusing on the dirtiest areas and the corners. Prefinished hardwood flooring varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. A cleaner that works well on one surface may cause damage to another. Speak to your floor manufacturer about the best options for your floor.

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