Your Custom Interior Floor will last a lifetime if properly maintained. Plastic glides, Felt Pads or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy furnishings or those which will move frequently. Use the same precautions you would use for a Hard Wood Floor. A Door Mat at the outside (Hemp or Rope style, no rubber backing ever) and inside entrance (one with a solid backing that can be shook off outside) of a home will pick up over 85% of the dirt that would otherwise be tracked inside. When using carpet pads under area rugs, be sure to use higher quality pads. The inexpensive pads have a high amount of rubber in them and can adhere to your floor. Here is how to care for your floor:
Dust mopping – Dust mopping removes the fine dust and grit which can grind away floor finish. It will help prevent major floor finish deterioration caused by normal foot traffic. The best results are obtained by using a Micro-Fiber Dust Mop. The following procedures should be followed:
- Dust mop the floor in one continuous movement without lifting the mop off the floor. Overlap your stroke on each pass (you can also vacuum).
- Clean the dust mop after each use by shaking it outdoors, brushing it with a brush over a garbage can, or vacuuming it.
- NEVER use a Swiffer Wet-Jet type of cleaning tool. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of Solvent material. The Solvent will not harm the sealer but will cause the wax to egg-shell. Also, you should not use Ammonia, Bleach or Pine Sol. A great product to use is Zep Neutral Floor Cleaner from Home Depot.
Damp mopping – use cool water with Fabuloso or Neutra Clean
- Damp mopping with cool water and a neutral ph cleaner extends the floor finish life. It will not dull the finish and will enhance the gloss retention.
- Follow the recommended dilution rates on label directions.
- The mop should be wrung out tightly so that it is just damp. Do not allow the cleaning solution to puddle.
- NEVER use a Swiffer type of cleaning tool. I know this is a repeat from above but I must state this again. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of Solvent material. The Solvent will not harm the sealer but will cause the wax to egg-shell. Also, no Amonia, Bleach or Pine Sol.
Waxing – Wax is the sacrificial coating to protect the sealer and bear the brunt of the scuff and scratches.
- Use a 20% minimum solids wax. No Mop-n-Glo or similar wax should be used.
- How often you need to re-wax depends on the abuse you, your children or pets put on the floor. It varies by owner and may be anywhere from every 3 months to every year.
- Use a looped-end Rayon mop, synthetics release material cotton absorbs, or a Lambs
- Pour a dinner-plate sized puddle on the floor and spread it evenly and thinly. Spread the material across the surface and let it dry for 1 hour. You are now ready for foot traffic again.
- The use of a Floor Mat on the Outside and Inside of entry doors will pick up about 85% of dirt that would enter a home. The use of mats is especially good if you are living in a new housing development. Just remember NO Rubber Backing for any mats. The rubber will bond with the sealer and when removed will pull the sealer off the floor.