HARDWOOD FLOOR CARE
Most residential hardwood floors are factory-sealed with polyurethane. Floors in older homes may have been sealed after the floors were laid. Some hardwood floors are not sealed at all. To care for any kind of hardwood floor, including newly installed floors, follow these steps:
Prevent wear. Grit and grime damages hardwood. Entry rugs and area rugs can pick up abrasive materials before they are tracked in. Use felt protectors on furniture legs to prevent scratching. Wear socks instead of shoes, and keep pets’ nails trimmed. Dust mop with our Quick Shine® Hardwood Floor Mop at least once a week to pick up dirt.
Maintain the shine with regular cleaning. Use Quick Shine® Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner or Quick Shine® High Traffic Hardwood Floor Cleaner in our Quick Shine® Multi-Surface Spray Mop. For lighter cleaning, simply dry dust with the mop or damp mop with plain tap water.
Before you consider sanding and refinishing worn or dull hardwood floors, refresh their original shine with Quick Shine® Multi Surface Floor Finish or Quick Shine® High Traffic Hardwood Floor Luster. Be certain the floor is free of dust, pet hair, dirt, and debris by dry dust mopping or damp mopping with plain tap water. Then just squirt and spread Quick Shine® Multi Surface Floor Finish or Quick Shine® High Traffic Hardwood Floor Luster. Your floor can gleam like new without the expense and hassle of a complete refinishing. High-traffic areas (including any “lanes” or worn spots) should be freshened every two to three months, and light-traffic areas every four to six months. Even heavily worn floors can be bright again after two or three coats.
If you plan to use Quick Shine® Multi Surface Floor Finish or Quick Shine® High Traffic Hardwood Floor Luster, do not clean the floor with oil soap, pine oil, orange oil, ammonia, vinegar, or any other all-purpose cleaner. These cleaners can leave an oily residue or detergent haze that interferes with the bonding process of Quick Shine® Multi-Surface Floor Finish.
Visit this link to learn about the environmental advantages of hardwood floors: http://woodfloors.org/environmental-benefits.aspx
Make sure you follow instructions that come from the manufacturer or seller of your flooring materials, and spot-test in a hidden area if you are unsure whether a Quick Shine® product is right for your floor.