Floor Care Guide
Preventive Maintenance for urethane coated floors includes
- Use protective walk off mats at the exterior doors to help
prevent sand and grit from tracking onto the floor. Gritty sand is any floors
worst enemy. If your kitchen has wood floors, you may want
to place a throw rug in the front of the sink to catch spills and splashes.
- Install proper floor protectors on the furniture legs used on hard
wood floors. Protectors will allow chairs to move easily over the floor
without scuffing. Cleaning the protectors on a regular basis to remove any
grit that may have become embedded.
- Vacuum regularly. When the household carpets are vacuumed, vacuum
the hardwood - a brush attachment works beautifully. Do not use a household
dust treatment as this may cause the floor to become slick, or it may dull the
finish. Or, simply sweep the floor as needed.
- Damp mop a hardwood floor. Excessive water causes wood to
expand and possibly damage the flooring. Finishes are to protect the stain
and face of the wood. They are not a bonding or waterproofing product.
- Keep high heel shoes in good repair. Heels that have lost their
protective cap, thus exposing the fastening nail, will exert over 8,000
pounds per square inch of pressure on a floor. That's high enough to damage
any type of floor covering regardless of wood hardness. Have them
- Food spills should be cleaned up in a timely manner using BonaKemi
Hardwood Floor Cleaner. BonaKemi Hardwood Floor Cleaner is a waterborne
neutral cleaner which leaves no residue. We do no recommend the use of
furniture dusting products, oil soaps or other harsh cleaning products.
- Shoe marks can be removed using a spot application of BonaKemi
Hardwood Floor Cleaner and a non-abrasive scrubbing pad. Difficult marks can
be removed using a "white" grade maintenance pad and cleaner.
- Waxing is not necessary or recommended. Once you wax a urethane
finished floor, it is difficult to recoat the floor as the new finish will
not bond to the wax. In addition, once wax is used, then you must maintain
both the wax and the floor. Preventive cleaning and using a polishing buffer
is the best way to maintain your desired luster level.
Acrylic Impregnated Floors:
- Urethane coated:Some acrylic
impregnated floors are coated urethane. For general cleaning of these types
of floors, follow cleaning procedures for specific surface finish.
- Sticky spills: Wipe up spills immediately. Then clean
with manufacturer's recommended product and hand buff to the desired luster.
- General cleaning: For general cleaning of non-urethane
coated acrylic impregnated floors, a spray and buff system is required by
the manufacturer. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations and use
their products when possible.
- General cleaning: Dry mop with untreated dust mop. Vacuum, sweep or
dust mop as needed to remove grit from floor.
- Sticky spills: Wipe up spills immediately with dry or slightly damp
cloth. Then clean area with manufacturer's recommended cleaner or odorless
mineral spirits. This may dull the area, so buffering may be required.
- White spots: To remove white spots caused by water spills, use a
fine steel wool (#000) and a small amount of mineral spirits. Rub gently in
a circular motion until spot is removed. Then rewax the area and buff.
- Traffic area: When floor loses it's luster in heavy traffic areas,
rewax only those areas and buff.
- Dull finish: Floors should be cleaned, stripped and rewaxed once or
twice a year depending on traffic.