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Floor Care

Floor Care - 3 Easy Steps

1.  Vacuum, dry mop or sweep to remove any loose dirt or grit. The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming with a soft brush attachment on your vacuum.  

2. Spray a light mist on a 4' x 6' area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

3. Finish one area before moving on to the next.  When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and replace with another clean mop pad. Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking. Your Bona Microfiber cleaning pads are reusable and washable.

 Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your Microfiber cleaning pad as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the microfiber.

 When a spill occurs, soak up the liquid right away. Mist the area with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona Microfiber mop or a Microfiber Floor Cloth. DO NOT clean your floor with Orange Glow, End Dust or any wax product.


Preventive Maintenance


Do not use an oil soap or any cleaning product that mixes with water. Ammonia will damage or dull many surface finishes and should not be used to clean your floor.


Waxing - NEVER WAX a surface finish. Wax will, in most cases, be slippery. Once waxed, the floor will not be able to be recoated to rejuvenate it. It will have to be completely sanded down to raw wood to restore the floor.


Appliances - Be careful when moving appliances. You should use a dolly or lay down fiberboard and move the appliances over it. This is so the casters on the appliances won’t leave indentations in the finish.


Furniture - Put fabric-faced glides on the legs of your furniture. They allow furniture to be moved easily without scuffing the floor. Clean the glides regularly because grit can become embedded in them. Some furniture may require barrel type roller casters, as ball type casters may cause damage. Grey, non-marking rubber casters are the best. Avoid any type of plastic caster.


Color Changes – Most woods are photo reactive causing the wood to change color over time. To avoid uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally.


High Heels - Keep high heels in good repair. Heels that have worn down or lost their protective cap, exposing the steel support rod in the heel, will dent any floor surface, even concrete.


Animals - It is recommended that you clip your pets nails monthly or walk them on concrete to dull their nails.  Wipe up pet urine ASAP.   Pet urine will stain your wood floor and can not be sanded out.


Keep rugs off of floors for 3 weeks  after  being  finished or refinished.



Periodic Care


Recoating - When luster does not return in traffic areas such as doorways, kitchen sink, stove area, or hallways, the floor may need recoating. When this happens it’s time to call Ritchie Hardwood Floors for recoating.


Refinishing - Wood floors that have become unsightly from years of wear or neglect can be restored to their original beauty.  Machine sanding removes the old finish and exposes new wood.  With the application of a finishing material, floors are like new again.  We highly recommend you call us to have your wood floors professionally refinished.


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