Tips To Cleaning And Maintaining Wood Floors
The use of wood flooring has become more common in facilities such as retail stores, restaurants and hotels. Often considered easily soiled or damaged, keeping a building’s wood flooring looking its best doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if some preventive maintenance strategies are put into place.
"While matting should be placed outside the entrance to a facility with wood floors, matting with a rubber backing should not be placed on the wood floor itself," says Mike Englund, a custodial trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite. "Rubber backs can discolor the floor. It is better to install some type of rug at the entry that does not have a rubber back."
Other suggestions include:
• Clean the floors regularly using a soft broom, a dust mop or a vacuum. Avoid using a wet mop as much as possible.
• If vacuuming, use a backpack; the beater bar on an upright can potentially scratch the floor.
• Place protector pads on furniture feet to avoid scratching the floor if these items are moved.
• Clean up spills immediately.
• If possible, try to keep people from walking on the floor wearing sports cleats or high-heeled shoes.
"As to cleaning chemicals and finishes (wax), there are specific products designed for use on wood surface floors," says Englund. "What I always advise is contacting the manufacturer and asking their advice on what products to use—and even more important, not use."
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