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Waterlox Cleaning and Care

Waterlox Care and Maintenance

A newly finished Waterlox project will give years of beauty and protection. Cleaning consists of vacuuming, broom sweeping, dusting, or mopping with a slightly damp mop. It is not necessary to use wax, or any products containing wax, and we recommend against it.

For dirty areas or annual Spring-Cleaning, use Waterlox Cleaner Concentrate  for heavy sponge mop cleaning . Sweep all areas with vacuum and brush before applying cleaner. Some clients choose to wash the surface with a white vinegar and water solution of 2 capfuls of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. The surface should be rinsed afterward to remove all traces of the solution. Be sure to take care not to over- wet the floor when damp sponge mopping floor. Thoroughly dry after damp mopping.

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For General Cleaning: We prefer the "clean and buff" method for regular cleaning as opposed to frequent mopping. Sweep all areas with vacuum and brush before applying cleaner  Dilute 1-2 ounces of Waterlox Concentrate per gallon of warm water. This solution can be applied by misting spray on the surface of the wood, and using a cotton bonnet , towel, or micro fiber cloth on a mop frame to remove soils.  Mist  on cleaner to loosen dirt and film, then scrub and remove with mop or cloth, then buff with a separate bonnet or cloth, or simply allow to dry. No rinsing is required, and there is no residue.

Another great way to easily keep your Waterlox floor looking good for years is to be sure and regularly sweep any concrete or brick around entryways to the home. Small grit from brick mortar or concrete can easily track and abrade any finish. Sweep outside entryways regularly, and seal any concrete or brick surface prone to dusting or grit.   Sweep wood floors on a regular basis to remove damaging grit and dirt.

Scratches can usually be repaired by cleaning the area around the scratch, and applying more Waterlox finish to the scratch only.

If scuffs occur, (usually shoe marks), and they do not disappear after cleaning, they can usually be removed with some mineral spirits rubbed on with a rag. You can also use Goo Gone® or another product containing “di-limeoline.” Do NOT use Goof-Off®.

We recommend against using wax. We believe that wax creates maintenance issues, scuffs easily, leaves water spots, and attracts dirt. Wax also makes it difficult to recoat your floor with Waterlox when necessary. You are far better off putting down a “refresher coat” of Waterlox when/if needed.


Maintenance Coat / Recoating Waterlox

Because Waterlox finishes penetrate into your wood floors, when scratches or wear areas do occur, they are far less noticeable than with a urethane finish that simply lies on the surface. If noticeable scratches occur, all you need to do is clean the damaged area well and then reapply a new coat when needed. No need to sand down to bare wood, and no need to sand the existing waterlox finish.  

Maintenance coating is easy with Waterlox. You just sweep the floor, clean, and reapply a rejuvenating coat as desired every few years. No sanding is ever required, which means no machines, no dust, no inconvenience, and no expense in preparation. Most common finishes are difficult to spot repair, and usually require full sanding and refinishing. With Waterlox, small scratches can be spot repaired, with excellent results. Some clients even buff the finish after a few years, with excellent results, and extended maintenance.

Always keep dog nails trimmed, and keep surface free of grit by regular sweeping, and keeping outside entry areas swept clean as well.

Avoid ammonia-based cleaners and products containing wax or acrylics, and try to prevent water from pooling or standing on the surface for a long periods of time.

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Fun Links to Wikipedia.com:

Treatment of wood has been practiced for almost as long as the use of wood itself. Some accounts reach back to the beginning of recorded history. For example the Bible in Genesis, 6:13-14 “And God said unto Noah… make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” There are also records of wood preservation reaching back to ancient Greece during Alexander the Great’s rule, where bridge wood was soaked in olive oil. The Romans also protected their wood by brushing their ship hulls with tar. During the Industrial Revolution wood preservation became a corner stone of the wood processing industry. Inventors and scientists such as Bethell, Boucherie, Burnett and Kyan made historic developments in wood preservation, with the preservative solutions and processes.

The ancient Chinese used Tung Oil to waterproof their ships, and that same tung oil is now blended for even greater performance in Waterlox Tung Oil Finish.

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