Just like anything else, your wooden floors also undergo wear and tear and as a homeowner, if you are concerned about the appearance of your home then you pretty well know that having clean and neat floors will have a huge impact on the overall aesthetics of your home’s interior as well as the outdoors.
In order to maintain the look of your wooden floors, you need to know how to properly clean it. Here are some of the things you need to do to keep your wooden floors sleek and shiny.
- Regularly soap your oil finished wooden floors.
Don’t just use any kind of soap for your floors. There are actually brands that offer specific soap used for specific floor types. When we say soap your floor, we actually mean you mop it. You need to do this regularly since your floors are subject to stains, dirt and of course the notorious wear and tear. If you use soap designed for wooden floors it will leave an invisible protective coat that will keep dust from sticking to it.
- Avoid Using Common Household Items
Most of us don’t think much about our floors. As matter of fact, we don’t even buy specific products for it. What happens in most households is what we want to avoid. Most homeowners use only one type of detergent to clean everything else in the house. They use one type of soap to clean the sink, the bathroom and that includes their wooden floors. But the thing about it is that some soap that are not designed to clean wooden floors. You have to know that certain household detergents are made of very powerful ingredients and most of the time have a very high pH. If you end up cleaning your wooden floors with a detergent soap or powder that has a very high pH level, it can strip off your floor’s natural polished appearance and instead of cleaning it; you are actually stripping it off of its natural luster. There’s even a big chance that you might discolor it and leave your floor unprotected. Our recommendation is that you look for specific soaps that are intended for wooden floor use.
- Using Two Buckets Is Essential
When cleaning your floors, you should use two buckets. The first bucket is for the water and the second bucket is for the soap solution. The first one is used for rinsing while obviously the second bucket is used to clean your wooden floors using a mop. You should regularly change the water of the other bucket when you think it is already dirty.
- Use two buckets for wood floor cleaning
Simply imagine what happens to the dirt when only one bucket is used. Therefore, you need to use two buckets to properly clean the floor: one bucket containing the soap solution and a second bucket with pure water to rinse the mop. Change the water in the second bucket as needed. This two-bucket wash method prevents the floor from getting a greyish gleam caused by dirty water. Has the floor already been affected though, a thorough clean with WOCA Wood Cleaner can resolve the problem and remove the dirt from the surface.
- Visible footprints on your freshly washed floor?
The problem may be an excessive dosage of soap. The content in our different WOCA soaps has been carefully combined to achieve a perfect texture and quality. So even though you think, you are doing the floor a favour, it is very important to mix the soap with water as recommended on the label.
Recommendation: Clean the floor with pure, lukewarm water (without soap) and the footprints will disappear again.
- Easy maintenance of oil finished wood floors
Wood floor maintenance an oiled floor is now easier than ever. The solution is called WOCA Oil Care.
WOCA Oil Care can be applied manually without using a polishing machine. All you need is a WOCA Wool Pad or cotton cloth. The Oil Care dries extremely fast and the floor can already be used with caution after approx. one hour. WOCA Oil Care provides the floor with additional hard wearing properties in the upper pore layer, while providing the floor with a beautiful, mat appearance at the same time.
Please notice: WOCA Oil Care can only be used on areas, where the oiled surface is intact. If the floor appears dried out, WOCA Oil Care cannot be applied. In that case, the floor needs to be sanded and oiled once again.
- Wood Cleaner reduces surface tensions
The use of WOCA Wood Cleaner can reduce surface tensions in any wood floor. Surface tensions are present, when a basic treatment or maintenance product do not penetrate into the wood. It is often seen with new and dried-out wood floors. A thorough cleaning with WOCA Wood Cleaner reduces the surface tensions, so the following treatment can be done with great result.
- Vinyl- and Lacquer Care
WOCA Vinyl- and Lacquer Care leaves a microscopic, protective film on the surface and repairs the tiny scratches that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The scratches appear as mat areas on the surface when exposed in the light flowing through windows. WOCA Vinyl- and Lacquer Care can also reduce some of the severe wear under tables, caused by chairs being pulled back and forth, while providing the floor with a fine, mat appearance.
- Proper cleaning of lacquered wood floors
If you decide to clean your lacquered floor with a cleaning solution with a high pH-value, this will slowly damage the lacquer in the long run and leave the floor unprotected. Instead, the cleaning must be done with a specially developed soap, such as WOCA Vinyl- and Lacquer Soap. This pH-neutral soap efficiently removes dirt and grease from the surface without affecting the actual lacquer finish.
- Microfiber mops are not recommended
Many people believe that a microfiber mop is a great tool for wood floor cleaning. However, microfiber mops are mildly abrasive and will gradually wear down an oil finish.
Recommendation: Use a quality swep mop / cotton yarn twist mop instead.
- Why you shouldn’t use soap flakes
Many people consider soap flakes to be a wonderful cleaning product at home for a variety of things. However, this product does not have a beneficial effect on wood. Soap flakes basically degrease and dry out the wood, while weakening the natural properties of the wood. Subsequently the risk of splits is increased radically.
- Cleaning of oil finished wood floors
WOCA Natural Soap cleans the surface and contains soy and coconut fats that nourish and protect the wood creating a more durable surface. The floor becomes more dirt and wear resistant when used on a regular basis. WOCA Oil Refresher cleans the surface and has a bit of oil in it, which rejuvenates the finish.
WOCA Natural Soap and WOCA Oil Refresher work together as a system to clean, protect and revive your floor. For a durable, well protected, beautiful oil finish, we recommend mopping with WOCA Natural Soap on a regular basis and mopping with WOCA Oil Refresher approx. every fourth time or as needed.
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