Maintenance Guides

Maintenance for Acrylic with an Aluminum Oxide Finish

Commercial Acrylic Impregnated Flooring with a factory applied Aluminum Oxide finish

Recoats are possible in the future with this type of finish, but only when the floor has been maintained using the recommended floor cleaning product and method. Call us for more information.

Preventative maintenance:

  • Preventative maintenance is most effective.
  • Dust mop regularly.
  • Use protective mats in front of doorways, sinks, reception desks, checkout counters and other high traffic areas to minimize dirt build up.
  • Use felt protectors under furniture legs, don’t drag furniture back and forth.
  • Avoid overflow when watering houseplants, and use plant stands to raise the bottom of the pots off the surface of the floor to avoid condensation beneath.

Cleaning:

  • Sweep and vacuum (with a soft bristle head) regularly to keep the surface free from dust, grit, sand and abrasive particles.
  • Wipe up spills locally with a damp rag (not dripping wet ).
  • Keep the floor dry to avoid water damage.
  • Never wash with a wet mop.
  • “Swiffers” are recommended.

Other Notes:

  • Certain chemicals in wood can oxidize in strong light and cause wood to change colour. To avoid an uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape windows that are subject to direct sunlight.
  • Leave areas rugs off for three weeks after last coat application.
DO NOT use soaps, strong detergents, waxes, scrubbing machines, oil treated mops or sweeping compounds as they will eventually damage the finish and the wood.

Maintenance for Acrylic with an Oil Finish

Commercial Acrylic Impregnated Flooring with a factory applied oil finish

Oil finished Acrylic Impregnated floors are best maintained using a special oil renovation program as specified by the floor manufacturer. This will usually consist of a re-oiling and buffing of the floor. Our recommendation is employ a professional to do this work. Call us for more information.

Preventative maintenance:

  • Preventative maintenance is most effective.
  • Dust mop regularly.
  • Use protective mats in front of doorways, sinks, reception desks, checkout counters and other high traffic areas to minimize dirt build up.
  • Use felt protectors under furniture legs, don’t drag furniture back and forth.
  • Avoid overflow when watering houseplants, and use plant stands to raise the bottom of the pots off the surface of the floor to avoid condensation beneath.

Cleaning:

  • Sweep and vacuum (with a soft bristle head) regularly to keep the surface free from dust, grit, sand and abrasive particles.
  • Wipe up spills locally with a damp rag (not dripping wet ).
  • Keep the floor dry to avoid water damage.
  • Never wash with a wet mop.
  • Re-oil the floor periodically as necessary, in strict accordance with the oil manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Employ a professional for this type of floor cleaning.
DO NOT use soaps, strong detergents, waxes, scrubbing machines, oil treated mops or sweeping compounds as they will eventually damage the finish and the wood.

Maintenance for an Oil Finish

Site Oiled or Factory Oiled Floors

Oil finishes are best maintained using a special oil renovation program as specified by the oil manufacturer. This will usually consist of a re-oiling and buffing of the floor. Our recommendation is to employ a professional to do this work.

Preventative maintenance:

  • Preventative maintenance is most effective.
  • Maintain a 20c temperature.
  • Keep outside shoes off the floor.
  • Use protective mats in front of doorways, sinks, reception desks, checkout counters and other high traffic areas to minimize dirt build up.
  • Keep pet claws trimmed.
  • Use felt protectors under furniture legs, don’t drag furniture back and forth.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repair and or off the floor.
  • Avoid overflow when watering houseplants, and use plant stands to raise the bottom of the pots off the surface of the floor to avoid condensation beneath.

Cleaning:

  • Sweep and vacuum (with a soft bristle head) regularly to keep the surface free from dust, grit, sand and abrasive particles.
  • Wipe up spills locally with a damp rag (not dripping wet).
  • Keep the floor dry to avoid water damage.
  • Never wash with a wet mop.
  • Follow manufacturers instructions or employ a professional.

Other Notes:

  • Certain chemicals in wood can oxidize in strong light and cause wood to change colour. To avoid an uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape windows that are subject to direct sunlight.
  • Leave areas rugs off for three weeks after last coat application.
DO NOT ... use soaps, strong detergents, waxes, scrubbing machines, oil treated mops or sweeping compounds as they will eventually damage the finish and the wood.

Maintenance for Residential Floors

For the following finishes:

  • Site applied Swedish Finishes
  • Factory applied Aluminum Oxide finishes
  • Factory applied Ceramic finishes
  • Site or Factory applied Polyurethane finishes
  • Site or Factory applied Water Based finishes
  • Use our recommended Glitsa floor cleaner fluid and follow the simple instructions.

Preventative maintenance:

  • Preventative maintenance is most effective.
  • Maintain a 20c temperature.
  • Keep outside shoes off the floor.
  • Use protective mats in front of doorways, sinks, reception desks, checkout counters and other high traffic areas to minimize dirt build up.
  • Keep pet claws trimmed.
  • Use felt protectors under furniture legs, don’t drag furniture back and forth.
  • Keep high heel shoes in good repair and or off the floor.
  • Avoid overflow when watering houseplants, and use plant stands to raise the bottom of the pots off the surface of the floor to avoid condensation beneath.

Cleaning:

  • Sweep and vacuum (with a soft bristle head) regularly to keep the surface free from dust, grit, sand and abrasive particles.
  • Wipe up spills locally with a damp rag (not dripping wet ).
  • Keep the floor dry to avoid water damage.
  • Never wash with a wet mop.
  • “Swiffers” are recommended.

Other Notes:

  • Certain chemicals in wood can oxidize in strong light and cause wood to change colour. To avoid an uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and drape windows that are subject to direct sunlight.
  • Leave area rugs off for three weeks after last coat application.
DO NOT use soaps, strong detergents, waxes, scrubbing machines, oil treated mops or sweeping compounds as they will eventually damage the finish and the wood.

Maintenance for Sports Floors

For the following finishes:

  • Moisture Cured Polyurethane Gym finish
  • Commercial Water Based finishes

We supply a complimentary “Easy Care” maintenance kit with every new floor for the above mentioned finish types. Use our recommended Glitsa floor cleaner fluid, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Preventative maintenance:

  • Preventative maintenance is most effective.
  • Inspect the floor for excessive finish wear normally found at doorways and under basketball hoops. If necessary use the BC Hardwood floor inspection service for this.
  • Recoat the floor before the finish is worn through (once every 4 – 8 years), so you don’t have to resand it. This will protect the wear layer and extend the life of your sports floor.
  • Keep outside shoes off the floor.
  • Use protective mats in front of doorways to minimize dirt build up.
  • Do not drag furniture or large objects back and forth on the floor. Lift and place all objects.

Cleaning:

  • Sweep regularly to keep the surface free from dust, grit, sand and abrasive particles.
  • Wipe up spills locally with a damp rag (not dripping wet ).
  • Keep the floor dry to avoid water damage.
  • Never wash with a wet mop.

After a recoat:

  • A minimum of twenty four hours is recommended before returning to the floor area. Providing good ventilation will minimize the odor and help the floor finish cure faster. You can generally walk on the floor after 24 – 36 hours, however you should treat your floor with extra care during the first two weeks and schedule activities accordingly.
DO NOT use soaps, strong detergents, waxes, scrubbing machines, oil treated mops or sweeping compounds as they will eventually damage the finish and the wood.