Vacuum, dry mop or sweep to remove any loose dirt or grit. The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming with a soft brush attachment on your vacuum. If using the Bona Microfiber mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit after dry-mopping by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad prior to cleaning the floor with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
Lightly mist a 4’x6′ area of your floor or directly mist the cleaning pad with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
Using a slightly dampened, well wrung-out Bona Microfiber cleaning pad, thoroughly clean the floor surface using your Bona Microfiber Mop. Finish one area before moving on to the next. When your mop pad becomes soiled, rinse with water, thoroughly wring out the pad and continue cleaning with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and replace with another clean mop pad. Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking.
European Hard Oil
1. Sweep or vacuum using a soft brush attachment
2. Mix a solution of Monocoat Natural Soap and water, 1/4 cup/gallon of water.
3. Use 2 buckets: one for the soap and water mixture and the other for clean water only. Immerse a mop in the soapy water and wring it out until it is only damp. Clean a section of floor. Rinse the mop in the bucket of clean water and wring it out thoroughly. Immerse the mop in the soapy water and wring it out until it is only damp. Clean the next section of the floor. Repeat this routine until the floor is clean.
4. Do not leave any surplus of water on the floor. Always use a damp mop, not a wet mop. Do not walk on the floor until it is completely dry (15 minutes).
Basic care and daily maintenance of your Waterlox finished wood floor
If a deeper cleaning is needed, you can use one of the following scenarios.
- Waterlox Original Cleaner Concentrate (follow directions on label). Buy online @ www.waterlox.com
- One of the available cleaners made for finished wood floors, such as the Bona Kemi cleaner.
- A damp mop with a mixture of 2 oz. of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Very light amounts of water and not to be used on a regular maintenance schedule.
- Non-abrasive, diluted household cleaner (stay away from ammonia products)
- Woodwright does not recommend Murphy’s Oil Soap® as it will tend to reduce the gloss/sheen of the floor.
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 period of time.
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.
Long-Term Maintenance of your Waterlox finished wood floor
For best results, the following should be performed by a wood floor professional only.
1. Traffic areas, worn areas, and deeper scratches
- Spot apply oil to scratches and traffic areas as needed. Mist on fresh oil and blend areas with low-speed buffer. Buff off all excess oil and blend sheen.
2. Total Recoat or Application of new finish
- Remove furniture and rugs,
- Touch up deep scratches with stain as needed and apply 1 coat of oil.
- Replace furniture after 24 hrs.
- This step does not involve sanding the floor, just a fresh coat of VOC Waterlox Oil