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Caring for my new wood floors

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Now that I have refinished my floors and have lived through that process it is time to take care of them.  I wanted to share with you some things that we have learned work the best.

For any floor, vacuuming is the first step. Do this as often as daily and at least once a week; removing the everyday accumulation of dirt makes mopping and waxing less arduous. Dust-mop for a quick fix when you don't have time to vacuum.

The next step depends upon the type and finish of the floor. Here are some specific tips to follow:

If floors are waxed, reapply wax once or twice a year, and buff in between to revive the shine. Waxed wood should not be mopped -- a wax seal is not watertight, and liquid could cause damage. Wipe spills with damp paper towels as soon as they hit the floor, and buff the area with a soft cloth. For wood floors with a polyurethane finish, damp-mop with a combination of one quart water and one-quarter cup vinegar.

Rag mops are the choice of many people, for good reasons: They're effective on large areas and on textured surfaces, such as tile and grout -- even concrete. Look for cotton-rayon blends; pure cotton takes longer to dry, attracting bacteria. Sponge mops are good for damp-mopping, but invest in a good one; a poor-quality sponge head will quickly break apart.


Give your floors a break. When you move anything, always lift and place; never slide. For heavy objects, slip a square of carpet, pile side down, under the points touching the floor (or try EZ Glide surface protectors). Attach felt or nylon glides to legs, and check the glides occasionally for dirt, which can scratch the floor.

Ok, Cinderella - get to work!

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Comments (2)

  • Thanks for the water/vinegar tip! I'm always trying to find ways to clean without using chemicals and store bought products. I'll definitely give my new floors a wash with this formula soon!

  • Hello, Iam interested in finding the floor plans for Groomsbridge,in Kent England. The famouse house of Pride and Prejudice with Kira Knightly. The Bennet home. I cant seem to find the people who not only did the interior,but the concept of floor plan, thinking it maybe a square within a E shape.Any help would be so appreciated. i want to do the stable also since I intend to have animals also. thank you,karen

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