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How to clean hardwood floors? 18 Feb 2016 23:11 #16744

Hi all,

We have white and red oak hardwood floors (70 years old) with natural oil based finish. Our housekeeper who comes once a week usually cleans with a damp cloth with mixture of water and a little bit of bleach. She has been cleaning houses in San Francisco for many years and tells me that's how she cleans everyone with no issues. I have let her do this way so far. But now I have a brand new living space downstairs with new white oak flooring. The flooring was also purchased unfinished and finished with oil-based urethane.

I am wondering if I should ask her to use a different product for cleaning?

Thanks for helping

How to clean hardwood floors? 19 Feb 2016 00:57 #16745

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There is a great cleaning kit available from most Home Depots & other stores now called Bona Kemi! That is the preferred process! Simple and easy and cost effective. Get it!!

How to clean hardwood floors? 19 Feb 2016 10:50 #16747

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definitely use the Bona cleaner....it is not caustic and will not leave a residue........that water and bleach could eventually cause some issues if it starts getting in the cracks.........when use use a water solution....and it gets in the cracks.....the wood cells will absorb the moisture....then dry out....shrinking again....repeat this process over and over and eventually you increase the probability of splits and cracks on the edges from the constant swelling and drying of the edges where the cracks are located.......using the Bona spray cleaner only requires that you spray in front of where you are pushing the microfiber mop to gently dampen the surface......there should never be a puddle of liquid on the floor that you are pushing around in order to clean the surface.....

How to clean hardwood floors? 03 Mar 2016 08:39 #16881

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Murphy's oil soap leaves a residue......in the older days....most floors were wax and the cleaning was fairly simple...usually a mixture of renevater & wax......sold in bottles for refreshing old wax floors .....now with predominately urethane floors....a cleaner like Bona Kemi's floor cleaner for wood or Basic Coating Squeeky Clean are the safest to use. They don't leave any residue. Murphy's oil soap will leave a residue buildup that will eventually diminish the cleaning process not to mention the contamination of the top finish in relation to future recoats.. And now the new hard wax oil finishes require their own cleaners.......You should learn how to identify the basic general categories of finish out there in order to know what cleaner to use........using only one cleaner for all floors will eventually cause you the expense of potentially ruining a floor simply by cleaning it with the wrong product.....

How to clean hardwood floors? 04 Mar 2016 04:46 #16889

Do the following:
Sweep the floor with a soft-bristled broom.
Choose the right cleaning agent.
Mop your floor.
Spot-clean tough areas with a cloth

How to clean hardwood floors? 04 Mar 2016 12:33 #16892

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Manuel maynard??? MOP THE FLOOR??? YIKES the worst thing for any wood floor is to 'Mop' it... Ok on a Boat deck Manuel.
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How to clean hardwood floors? 04 Mar 2016 13:14 #16894

maybe he means mop, as in using the cleaning agent with mop like tool, not necessarily dumping mop in a bucket full of water and cleaners and then all over the floor?

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Wow that is a pretty clever way of SNEAKING in AN AD OF YOURS into this forum. !! HA.. Take it off. "you can find out more here ???? Garage door repairs?

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Skuba man... sounds like a water bucket to me. you skuba in water? MOPPING floors is a term for using a tool that moves dirty water around the floor. Gravity keeps that water there. . Bona Kemi Micro fiber pads absorb the cleaner/water, Hence the dirty residue is retained in the pad and not spread around the floor as a mop does. We here adhere to NWFA type common sense methods of cleaning a urethane finished floor. Our clients demand a simple method and as DH states above "murphies oil soap is a total detriment to real cleaning the urethane finish The residue attracts dirt! Cleaning Urethane finished floors is a simple process that the BONA system has attained and our clients love it!

How to clean hardwood floors? 10 Mar 2016 17:29 #16974

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I don't like the Bona cleaner. I LOVE the Pallman cleaner, but nobody sells it around here. I recommend diluted "Simple Green" in a spray bottle and use a micro-fiber mop to clean. Never use the disposable paper products. Paper is made from wood. These products are slightly abrasive and will dull your floor finish over time. Also, forget about "mopping". Microfiber is the way to go. Also, your older floors have gone through a few seasons and are less likely to be as affected by mopping than the new floors, which will cup when water is left on them.
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How to clean hardwood floors? 04 Jul 2019 06:32 #20627

We've got the Leifheit Clean Twist Mop. Quality and reliable. The only time when I want to order it in the future, but I do not see this particular component model.
These components will fit my mop? spotcarpetcleaners.c...views/best-mop-head/
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