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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - CARING FOR WOOD FLOORS
Do

Take care of scuffs using a clean sock, like the one on your foot! If that doesn’t work, try a clean tennis ball. For stubborn marks use a little baking soda on a damp sponge, be gentle. You don’t want to mar the finish. Wipe with a clean damp cloth and buff dry.

Sometimes traffic paths need deeper cleaning. If your traffic paths look dull, try a product like Weiman® Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It is formulated especially for hardwood. Spritz small areas (3’ by 3’), go over with a damp microfiber mop. You may have to repeat this process. On hardwood less is more so don’t go over areas that are already clean. Rinse mop with clear water often.

Be careful with tacky messes like tar or gum. Put ice cubes on top to harden the material. Then use a plastic implement like a spatula or credit card to carefully scrap up the mess, never metal! Follow with a little Weiman's. Paint spatters can use a small amount of rubbing alcohol for a few seconds. This will soften the paint so it’s easier to scrape up. Clean with a little baking soda, rinse and buff dry.

Don’t

Vacuum with a rotating brush. It’s best to use a hard floor attachment on a canister model. Some uprights have brush off capabilities. Do vacuum often or Swiffer®. Dust and other particles can scratch when left too long and get ground in.

Don’t wet clean too often. Even in a heavy trafficked area floors should not need more than a wet cleaning every two months. Wet cleaning can wear away the finish too quickly. Effective vacuuming and Swiffering can keep the floors looking great. When you do wet clean use cleaner sparingly and do small areas and dry as you go.

Be careful with steam cleaners. If your floors are older or have a wax finish, stay away. If you still want the benefits if steam, make sure you use the lightest setting possible and work quickly not leaving the mop on any one spot too long.

If you are using area rugs you need to use a pad but make sure it’s the right one. Rubber- backed or rubber mesh pads can discolor the wood floor or even damage the finish. They make combination felt and rubber pads that protect your beautiful floor. In any event make sure to roll up the rugs and pads to clean under every season.

With a little care your wood floors can look magnificent for many years to come.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:27 AM by Dean's Team

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