With proper maintenance, you should never have to fully sand your floors again (unless you would like to change the color or sustain some sort of damage).
Follow these guidelines and your wood floors will be beautiful and functional for many lifetimes.
FOR POLYURETHANE FLOORS
Daily: Sweep with a soft bristle broom to get rid of sand and other particulate that gets tracked into your home.
Bi-Weekly/ Monthly: Mop with a mild cleaner (not polish) like Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner
*avoid any oil soaps, like Murphy’s, as these will leave a waxy residue that will build up on your floors over time
3-5 Years (depending on the traffic your floors see): Call us to do a buff and coat (sometimes referred to as a screen and recoat). This process can be done in just one day. We will mildly abrade the finish of your floors, getting rid of small scratches and residues on your floors. Then, we apply a new layer of finish. This will rejuvenate the look of your floors and add a new layer of protection. This process is virtually dust-free. Keep in mind, this is not a deep sanding, so large gouges and deep scratches will remain and we cannot change the color of your floor. However, we can change the sheen level of your finish.
FOR WOCA FLOORS
WOCA Natural Soap is designed to clean and protect oil finished surfaces from dirt, stains and wear and tear. WOCA Natural Soap cleans and leaves behind an invisible layer of soy and coconut fats, which greatly help to ward off most anything. In fact, when used on a regular basis, WOCA Natural Soap increasingly makes your oil finished wood floor more dirt and wear resistant and easier to keep clean.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Daily cleaning is done with vacuum cleaner or by sweeping. The frequency of floor cleaning depends on the wear on the floor.
2. Ensure Natural Soap is shaken before use.
3. Mix 2 ounces of Soap into each gallon of lukewarm water. It is recommended always to work with 2 buckets; one with the Soap solution and the other one with rinse water. Clean the floor with minimum quantity of water–leave soap water on floor briefly in order to dissolve dirt. Remove dirty soap water with hard-wrung cotton mop or cotton cloth and rinse out in rinse water bucket. Change rinse water often!
5. Using the 2-bucket cleaning method is effective and yields an extremely clean surface. It is, however, also possible to use a Swiffer-type system in combination with WOCA Soap Spray, provided that any micro fiber pad is replaced with a cotton pad.
DO NOT use microfiber as this will gradually wear down most wood floor finishes.
Tip: If a haze or footprints are visible after the soap treatment, you may be using too much soap. In this case, put a cotton cloth under a dust mop and quickly polish away the haze.
Here is a link to the WOCA website for more floor care information and access to products.
WOCA Floor Care
If the floor needs to be covered to prevent wear and dirt penetration due to additional construction, use paper or cardboard. Do NOT tape paper or cardboard to the floor to keep it in place.
Do NOT adhere any tape to the face of the floor as it will damage the finish. NEVER use plastic, which does not allow the floor to breathe. This operation should be performed by the installer if it is necessary.