How to Clean Buildup on Wood Floors

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Cleaning buildup on wood floors is something that you do with the proper types of chemicals and cleaning agents. Clean buildup on wood floors with help from an experienced contractor in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Chris Sy with Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. And today, we're going to talk about some very easy methods to maintain your wood floor. One of the things that can happen through long term maintenance of a wood floor, is that you actually develop build up on the finish. This build up can be caused by harsh chemicals, cleaning chemicals that you maybe using. Or, it can be caused by some of the cleaning agents that may contain wax, this wax tends to sit on your floor over long term use and it can really lessen the sheen and beauty of your floor. The other way that build up can occur is just through normal traffic, normal wear and tear in your kitchen or living room, things get spilled. And you end up with a haze that can again, lessen the sheen and beauty of your wood floor. One of the simplest ways to clean this build up, is actually one of the oldest methods that's been used to clean wood floors,which is by using white vinegar and warm water. After you've swept your floor with a soft bristle brush, you're going to want to take a bucket, fill it with a couple gallons of warm water. And then, just tale regular white vinegar and mix it a couple cap fulls per gallon. Then, you're going to want to take a sponge mop. It's very important that your sponge mop does not contain any harsh cleaning chemicals in it already. You're going to make sure that the sponge mop is saturated with your water. And most importantly, you're going to make sure that you wring it out very, very well. Leaving excess water on your floor can actually make the finish wear away quicker, it can make the finish de-laminate and it can also make your wood expand unnecessarily. Once you've wrung out your mop well, you can just mop the floor and it's easiest to go in the direction that the boards are running. So that the edge of the boards don't catch your mop. You don't want to leave the excess water on the wood, so you want it to just look slightly glossy as you go. And you want to make sure that you're rinsing and wringing your mop fairly frequently. Again, this is Chris Sy and I hope this simple method of cleaning the build up off your wood floor helps you enjoy it for a lifetime.

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