Simple Solution

Sure thing! For all around cleaning, add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Then damp the mop only - no swabbing the deck like sailors do.

Know the Differences & Manufacturer Recommendations

For newly refinished wood floors, always ask your contractor first. Finishes react to different cleaners in different ways. Some of the new finishes are a form of natural oils. They are beautiful and are eco-friendly, but they must be cleaned according to the manufacturers recommendations, that’s why it’s important to ask your contractor.

Floors that are coated with polyurethanes should be cleaned with the cleaner that the manufacturer who created the finish recommends. Most of the finish manufacturers either make their own cleaner or recommend a specific cleaner.

Save Time and Money - Maintain your Floors

Maintaining your floor properly will save time and money in the long run. Floors that have either oil based polyurethane or the newer waterborne polyurethane can be recoated from time to time, as needed. Kitchens and high traffic areas can wear out quickly, so keep an eye out. One thing I tell my clients is that if they have teenagers, the space in front of the refrigerator will be the first place to wear out!

Refinishing can sometimes be 4-5 times the cost of a simple recoating. So by being mindful you can save money by protecting your investment. And remember this - if the floor has ever been waxed in the past, it cannot be recoated without a total refinishing.

So in this instance - chins down folks, and keep an eye on those floors. Thanks!

~ Floorman