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There are so many myths and legends surrounding the cleaning of a wooden floor. It is NOWHERE NEAR as complex or difficult as some would have you believe, but there are a few massive DO NOT’s that we absolutely stick by.
  • DO NOT use a steam mop on your polyurethane finished wooden floor, no matter if it is a solvent based poly or waterbased poly. High pressure, moist air being pushed down into the minute hair scratches and between the planks in your floor is just a recipe for disaster. Over time, your polyurethane is going to change colour and start to look milky, the sheen level is going to lower, and the polyurethane film that is over your wooden floor is going to be compromised and will fail. Delamination will occur over time. Using a steam mop will also void all coating warranties we provide at Four Star flooring.
  • DO NOT use any abrasive or caustic cleaning product on your floor (eg, Handy Andy, Chemico, Turps based products). Again, this will compromise the integrity of the polyurethane, and the coating system will fail.
  • DO NOT use a very wet mop and bucket of water. Again, too much moisture on the top of the coating is going to compromise the polyurethane. Woca oil and soap go against this rule
Instead, try the following method, and enjoy your floor for a much longer period of time before any resanding and coating will be required:
  1. Dust or vacuum your floor and remove any debris that is on your floor. Remember if you are using your vacuum to make sure the brushes are down on the vacuum foot, and to always go with the direction of your timber floor. When you go across the planks, you run the risk of scratching and damaging your floor.
  2. Using a microfibre mop (we recommend and the synteko mirofibre spray mop  and an appropriate wooden floor cleaning product synteko super clean . Dilute the cleaning product, following the instructions on the bottle, into a spray bottle, and spray directly onto the floor surface, then mop using your microfibre mop.
  3. Allow your floor to dry before walking on it. This should only take a few minutes as there should not be that much moisture on the surface.
If, over time, your floor starts to look a little dull, it may be that it just needs a scrub clean and/or a light disc and coat. Always contact a professional for advice on this.
For any further advice, please feel free to contact 4 star flooring. We are more than happy to help!

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