Wood Floor Polishing & Cleaning
Wood Floor Cleaning
Hardwood floors are not hard to keep clean. Unlike carpets, they require minimum maintenance and last for many years. Clean hardwood floors could make your house look both beautiful and spacious. Maintenance methods do not differ much depending on the particular type of hardwood floor, but some finishes may require extra care when removing stains.
The fastest and most effective way of cleaning a hardwood floor is to use a damp mop. Just make sure that dust has been removed prior to mopping as dust particles have abrasive properties. You can use a soft broom or lightweight vacuum cleaner and then simply mop, rinse and repeat several times. It is important to remove grit and dirt from hardwood floors because they are the major reason behind scratches, scuffs and scours.
There is a wide variety of hardwood floor cleaners available but a pH neutral cleanser (i.e., with neither low nor high pH value) and water will do the best and be just as effective. Please, make sure the sealing coat is intact because otherwise the water-based solution will seep through worn patches, penetrate the floor and cause warping.
Most hardwood floors are now finished by using polyurethane-based agents that make surface looks shiny and glossy. Polyurethane gives a mirror-like look to wood and is extremely hard wearing. The other major group of finishing agents, called penetrating seals, are wax or oil based coating products that penetrate deeply into the wood and protect floors from within.
All floors are susceptible to stains. A small amount of alcohol can be used to help remove those stains followed by polishing and buffing to finish up. If the stains persist, then the only way of getting them removed is to have your floor sanded.
Depending on the amount of floor traffic in your house, you may have to clean your wooden flooring once a week or so. Take extra precaution by making sure people remove their footwear on entering. This will help you reduce the number of heel marks imprinted onto the floors and cut down on future maintenance costs.
Wood Floor Polishing
Surprisingly many people don’t make a difference between polishing and refinishing. Refinishing is a process where you remove the old finish and apply a completely new one. Polishing is when you strengthen the existing finish by adding another coat on top.
How Exactly to Polish Hardwood Floor?
Free the space in the room by removing all furniture. If possible, use furniture pads to avoid damage on your floor. Thoroughly clean the area by sweeping, vacuuming, dust and wet mopping. Make sure the floor is dry before proceeding further. The polish itself can be applied easily with an applicator pad. Begin working in small areas while always keeping the applicator wet and follow the wood’s grain.
Do you know what is a feathering technique in painting? It is when a painter dampens the paper he is working on and then applies a colour with a single stroke of his brush. As the colour is absorbed by the paper it spreads and expands further because the paper is moistened.
A similar technique should be applied here. This way the polish will disperse evenly and if the floor has suffered damage like, for example, scratches they will be filled perfectly and evenly with the rest of the floor. Wait for the polish to dry for at least an hour. Preferably 24 hours if you want to expose the floor to heavy traffic. When it comes to polishing few can match Bona. We recommend Bona Hardwood Floor Polish when you need a quality product.
How Often Do I Have to Polish My Floor?
Depending on the amount of traffic polishing should be performed every few months. Polishing itself is an incredibly easy DIY project. The size of the room will obviously have an effect on the amount of time and effort put into the task but every average person should have no trouble doing it.
Our flooring service comes with obligation free site visit, quick quotations and free advice. Give us a call on 0800 0434359 or 020 88309782 to speak to a member of our staff who can arrange for a free assessment of your wood floor sanding or wood floor fitting service at convenient time for you.