Hardwood floors that don't have a urethane finish should be waxed every 12-24 months (about as often as you would clean your carpet.) In drier climates, during the winter, and in heavy traffic areas, waxing slightly more often may be necessary.
Buffing your hardwood floor between waxing will restore the original sheen. Large, heavy weight buffing machines give a better sheen to wax finish than small, lightweight machines. Only a fiber bristle brush attachment should be used.
*Floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require a cleaner that will not leave a film or a residue.*Wax buildup
Occasionally, wood floors lose their shine because of successive layers of old wax. To restore natural beauty, use mineral spirits to strip old wax away. Let your hardwood floor dry and then apply a liquid paste wax product. Once the wax has dried, buff your hardwood floors to the desired sheen. Humidity
Since your hardwood floor dimensions will be slightly affected by changes in the humidity levels of your home, these levels should be controlled to remain within the 35-55% range. To protect your investment and to ensure that your floors provide lasting satisfaction, follow the tips below:
In the heating (dry) season, a humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage in hardwood floors, due to low-humidity levels in the winter months. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
During the non-heating (humid, wet) season, proper humidity levels can be maintained by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier during the summer months. Make sure mats are placed at your entries to avoid excessive exposure to water from outside during periods of inclement weather. DO NOT
obstruct the expansion joint around the perimeter of your floor in any way.
Spots caused by food or water
Rub the spot with a cloth dampened with hardwood cleaner. Wipe dry. If it remains, rub the spot lightly with a hardwood scrub pad dampened with liquid paste wax. Buff with a clean cloth.
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