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How To Clean Your Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors age gracefully and take a unique natural patina with time. Prefinished wood floors such as Lauzon Collection, have a fine coating that protects the wood against scratch and premature wear. Maintaining the beauty of your floors is a lot simpler than one might think. Here are some tips to ensure you keep your hardwood floors clean and beautiful for year to come.

Regular Cleaning (daily/weekly)

Sweep or vacuum (with a soft-bristled attachment) your hardwood floors on a regular basis to remove loose dust and grit, especially in high-traffic areas. Do not use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. Vacuuming prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface.

Deep Cleaning (monthly)

Clean your hardwood floor using a hardwood-recommended cleanser and a mop paired with a machine washable, microfiber pad for dusting and cleaning. Electrostatic action attracts dirt, micro particles, and common household allergens.

  • Sweep or vacuum your wood floors.
  • Use a mop with a machine washable microfiber pad.
  • Spray a small quantity of a recommended wood floor cleaner (see below) onto your microfiber mop (never pour cleaner directly onto your hardwood floor).
  • Swipe and clean your floors.
  • Wipe out with a dry cloth excess cleaner that does not evaporate immediately. No rinsing necessary.

 Choosing the right hardwood floor cleaner

  • It is important to use a cleaner specialized for hardwood floor.
  • These cleaners emit no VOCs and are safe for your family and pets as well as the environment.
  • Specialized cleaners are non-abrasive, they do not leave trace or residue, they dry quickly and require no rinsing.
  • To clean and maintain your Lauzon Collection floors, we recommend Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Special cleaning situation

Tough stains caused by food, water, animals, grease, crayons, ink spots, rubber heel marks, etc.:

  • Spray your wood floor cleaner onto your microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe the area clean.

 Chewing gum and candle wax:

  • Apply a sealed plastic bag filled with ice over the gum or wax to harden the substance.
  • Wait until the gum or wax becomes brittle enough to crumble off.
  • Gently scrape with a plastic scraper or credit card until it is completely removed.
  • Spray your wood floor cleaner onto your microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe the area clean.

Things To Avoid

  • Never use liquid or paste wax, oil-based detergent, vinyl or tile cleaning products, surfactant detergents, any general-purpose household cleanser or other household products containing lemon, citrus, Tung vinegar, oil or silicon to clean your hardwood floor. These can dull and damage the finish or leave a greasy film and make your hardwood floor slippery and more difficult to clean.
  • Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.
  • Stay away from harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads, scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders. These can dull and damage the finish of your hardwood floor.
  • Never use a wet mop or steam mop on your hardwood floor. Water and steam can dull the finish and even damage the wood. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your wood floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.
  • Do not use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.