CARING FOR WOOD FLOORS


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Old 08-19-00, 12:40 PM
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WHAT CAN I USE FOR THE EVERYDAY CARING/CLEANING OF MY HARD WOOD FLOORS
 
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Old 08-20-00, 10:58 PM
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Murphy's Oil Soap
 
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Old 08-21-00, 08:30 AM
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Get some more opinions. Most hardwood manufacturer and dealers would rather you eat ground glass than use Murphys Oil Soap on their floors.

Here's what Jeff Hosking, flooring advisor to This Old House says:

Vacuum Regularly - Small stones, mud, and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on the wood floors finish. To help combat this use long bristle welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors. Also, vacuum using a soft bristle brush attachment.
Don't Damp Mop - Water and wood floors don't mix! Use only the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products on your hardwood floor.
Don't Use Oil Soaps - There are many over the counter oil soap based or silicone and wax based cleaning products that can damage and dull the finish of your hardwood floor. The best suggestion is to only use the manufacturers recommended cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.
Never Wax a Urethane Floor - If you have a polyurethane finish on your hardwood floors you should never use a wax on them. The wax will cause a sticky film to build up on your floor, allowing any dirt tracked onto it to stick. This creates black traffic paths on your floor. Because polyurethane will not adhere to any wax it also makes the floor almost impossible to recoat later with a fresh coat of polyurethane.

Use the Proper Chair Glides - Narrow wheels and sharp wooden, or metal furniture legs can scratch and dent hardwood flooring, which can quickly turn a newly refinished floor into an old worn floor. Any furniture that rests directly on top of a hardwood floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters, under all it's feet. For extremely heavy objects such as a piano, use rubber cups. Purchasing chair glides is a very cheap insurance policy for your hardwood flooring.

Wipe Spills Immediately - when accidents happen and some liquid gets spilled on your hardwood floor, you should use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the effected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures.
 
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Old 08-21-00, 04:13 PM
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LOL!!! John, don't sugar coat it, tell us how you really feel! You're soooooo right. Murphy's oil is to harwood floor care what Comet it to car waxing.

Scott www.stephensfloor.com
 
 

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