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Wood can outlast virtually any other type of interior flooring. Furthermore, with some common sense care, not only can it outlast, but can also keep its "like new" appearance virtually forever.  We put together a simple "Do's and Don'ts" list for you. 

If you just had your floors refinished, do not place area rugs back and do not clean you floors with any solution for 2 weeks.

Please use the recommended cleaners below with a MICRO FIBER MOP, such as the picture shown on right.

For polyurethaned floors: Please use a wood flooring cleaner designed for "surface finished" or "sealed" wood floors NOT for waxed floors (such as Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner, or Polycare).  If you buy concentrates that need to be mixed with water, we recommend using distilled water.  (Tap water has minerals which can leave a film and may dry looking hazy and streaky.)

For Rubio Monocoat / penetrating oiled floors: Use ONLY the Surface Care Spray or the Natural Soap Concentrate. Plain water may be used, unless you have hard or well water (distilled is best). It is VERY important NOT to use any other wood floor cleaner (such as the ones above for polyurethane, or other generic cleaners) for penetrating oil finishes. Using cleaners other than the manfucturer recommended cleaner can break down the oil and diminish its performance. For basic cleaning all you need is the recommended cleaner (below) and a micro fiber mop.

Vacuum the floors thoroughly (otherwise wetting dirt will create mud)! It is very important to use a clean micro fiber mop throughout the cleaning process (otherwise a thin "muddy film" will be left on the floor). This can be achived as shown in the video on the right, or by using multiple replacement micro fiber mops and keep exchanging them (you can wash/rinse them all at the end). If desired, after floor dries, a dry micro fiber mop can be used to dry "buff" floors. This will bring the luster back quicker.

One of the main advantages of this penetrating oil finish, is the ability to spot repair and rejuvenate areas as needed. To do this, you may want to consider purchasing these products:

REFRESH: Restores and protects. (Please note: If you had the "satin oil" or Universal Maintenance Oil on your floors, that will also have to be reapplied after "refresh".)

UNIVERSAL MAINTENANCE OIL: This treatment restores and intensifies both the color and the durability of the finish.  Intervals for maintaining the floor vary depending on the amount of wear.  It is recommended that this treatment be carried out when the original protective oil, shows signs of fading. Can be applied by home owner, but best results are when done professionally with buffer.

COLOR/OIL: It's a good idea to have on hand should you ever need to do any spot repairs where you will need to spot sand down to raw wood to remove any scratches for example. (Purchase here or here.)

Do:

Do keep your wood floors vacuumed and clean. Dust and dirt under foot acts like sandpaper. This constant abrasion "rubs" off the finish much faster. Here are some "dust buster" suggestions:  

-Walk off mats should be kept by all entrance doors to minimize dirt being carried onto your floors.
-Vacuum as soon as dust is noticeable with a bristle attachment, not a motorized brush.

Do damp mop your floor when it appears to be dirty. Best to use a wood floor cleaning kit with a MICRO-FIBER MOP. Micro-fiber keeps trapping dirt particles far better than regular mops or rags do resulting in a more beautiful streak-free dry floor.

Do place mats at exterior doors, in front of sinks, refrigerators and in heavy traffic areas (wait two weeks on a newly finished floor). Be aware that some rubber-backed or foam-backed rugs, and non-slip pads contain additives that may discolor the floor.

Do place heavy-duty felt protectors under the legs of chairs and other furniture that get moved back and forth. Pry off existing buttons (metal or plastic) using a flat head screwdriver. Quickly scuff surface with rough sandpaper or use alcohol to clean the bottom of the legs to insure proper bond of self-stick protectors. Check every 6 months, replace as necessary. Never wax the base of chair legs.

Do keep your pet's nails well pedicured to prevent deep scratches. (Ask us about "PAW-TECTION" nail caps.)

Do place plants in waterproof containers.

Do have your floors professionally recoated or re-oiled every year or two (in high traffic areas and kitchens will need it more frequently) to keep that "like-new" look and to avoid refinishing.

Dont's

Don't wait until your floors are badly worn to have them recoated! (You will end up spending more and be more inconvenienced by having to completely refinish your floors.)

Don't use any "polish" on your floors.

Don't use products such as Preen, Mop'n'Glo, Future etc.

Don't use aerosol products such as Pledge or Endust as these products also contain waxes which will cause adhesion problems for recoating and they leave a film that scuffs easily can be dangerously slippery.

Don't use strong solvents on wood floors.

Don't water excessively. Don't wet mop your floors. Wood and water don't mix. Water seepage between the boards leaves dark stains, warps the wood and causes musky odor.

Don't use metal or plastic tools when vacuuming. Always use the softest bristle-brush attachment available. (Metal or plastic attachments could scratch the finish.)

When To Call Paul’s European Touch Pro Wood Floors For Professional Maintenance?

We recommend all types of finishes to be recoated periodically. The length of this period will be determined by the amount and type of traffic your floor receives and the care the floor is given between professional visits. The more traffic, the more wear, the more frequently your floors should be done. Generally it is recommended to RECOAT / RE-OIL WOOD FLOORS ANNUALLY. (In high traffic or commercial locations possibly every six months.) This will ensure a consistently beautiful and clean floor.  With recoating timing is the maintenance!

"What Is Shaving & Recoating Anyway?

It is a procedure that "erases" surface wear from your floors. Thisstops the wear from going beyond the last layer of finish by regularly exchanging the top coat with a brand new layer. It can eliminate the need to completely refinish your floors forever (as long as it is performed at the same rate as you wear your floor)!

First, a fine layer of the existing finish is "shaved" off, (thereby removing all surface scratches, finish wear and small imperfections) then a brand new coat of finish is applied.  Shaving is also important to insure proper adhesion.  Shaving is economical and hassle free.  It costs a fraction of what refinishing costs, and there is very little or no dust produced.  It is very important not to wait until your floors are too scratched up OR the finish is badly worn.  Such defects are below the last layer of finish and therefore can only be removed by a complete resanding of your floors,  the very thing you are trying to avoid by recoating periodically.

"Will I have to remove all my heavy furniture?"

No! You don’t walk under the furniture, so the finish is not worn there.  The goal is to keep the finish from wearing in traffic areas.  Also, since shaving does not involve sanding down to the bare wood, there is no need to remove permanently placed pieces of furniture.  Should you ever move them in the future, a simple touch-up will blend in that area with the rest of your floor.  However, all easily movable and light pieces (chairs, plants etc.) should be removed.

"How long will the whole process take?"

It’s all done in a matter of hours.  Our finishes dry in 1 hr and are non-toxic.  If you didn't wait too long, only one coat will be needed.  Quick and easy!

This simple procedure multiplies the lifespan of all finishes. Shaving and recoating will SAVE you money by eliminating the need for future refinishing. You can enjoy your floors year after year without the hassle of periodic resanding.