The Wood Doctor has some maintenance tips for you!
This past month the DuChâteau Corporate Headquarters conducted its annual flooring maintenance. Because our floors see a lot more traffic than the average residential space, we have to take the necessary steps to ensure our floors are not only oiled at least once a year, but also cleaned properly while doing so – something we recommend to all our customers with hard-wax oiled floors. Here are the steps we took to achieve this beautiful result:
First, sweep the floors. You can also choose to vacuum but be sure there are no beater bars, as they may scratch the floors. This first step safeguards that all that grit and dirt that is on top of your floors is removed. If you skip this step, you aren’t really cleaning your floor as much as washing dirt on your floor.
Once the floor is free of dust and debris, you will now begin sponge mopping the floor with our DuChâteau Premium Floor Cleaner and Protectant, using a two-step method. With this cleaner, add three caps full into one gallon of water. For this project, we used two buckets. The first bucket contains the cleaner, while the second bucket contains fresh clean water. (We do not use a rope mop because they retain too much water and too much water on a wood floor can cause warping. A sponge mop allows you to control the amount of water that is in the mop.) Dip the sponge mop into bucket one, squeeze out the excess water and then clean the floor. Then dip the mop into bucket two to rinse. We worked in 10’ x 10’ sections and repeated this cleaning process until the entirety of the floor was clean.
Note: You do not have to move any furniture, simply clean around your large furniture pieces, making sure to pay close attention to high-traffic areas. Wait 1-2 hours for the floors to dry.
The last step involves oiling the floors with the DuChâteau Maintenance Oil Clear. There are two ways to oil your floors, for this project, we chose Option 2.
- Option 1: The Hand Method: thoroughly mix the oil and put the mixture according to package instructions in a clear squirt bottle, like an old ketchup bottle. This ensures that the oil can be controlled and you wont be using it excessively. Remember, a little bit of oil goes a long way. Once applied on the floor, you will need two soft clothes, such as an old t-shirt, to “wax on, wax off”. Use one for rubbing the oil in, and the second for wiping of the excess off – karate kid-style. Work in 10′ x 10′ sections until your entire floor has been oiled.
- Option 2: The Buffer Method: Start around the perimeter of the walls and corners approx. 6-8 inches from the walls with the oil using the first method listed above. Then take a 16-inch buffer with a white 3M polishing pad and oil the floors using the buffer pad working in 10’x10’ increments until the entire floor is finished. Once you place the oil on the surface of the floor combined with the friction of the buffer, you will heat up the oil and the varnish face of the wood; this will leave your floor thoroughly nourished and clean.
Note: There are two sides to each buffer pad. When the pad gets dirty, flip it over and use the other side until that is dirty and then replace and repeat. The dirtier the floors are, the more frequently you will need to change out your buffer pad.
We recommend to stay off the floor for 24 hours to ensure that the wax hardens. After 24 hours, you are free to enjoy your clean floors!
After completing these steps, the floor will be lint, dirt, and dust-free. If you should happen to get a stain on your floor, we recommend using the DuChâteau Maintenance Oil Clear as a spot-cleaner.
No other cleaners can be used on our hard-wax oil finished DuChâteau floors, they risk ruining the surface of the floors, thus, voiding the warranty if a different cleaner is used.
We recommend that you clean and oil your floors at least once a year. However, you can clean your floors whenever you want, and oil more than once a year, if you prefer or see the need arise more in your space.
WARNING: Spontaneous Combustion Danger! Oil soaked materials present a spontaneous combustion hazard (rags, wool pad, sanding dust, etc.). Immerse oil-soaked materials in water for proper disposal. If you should have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to call The Wood Doctor himself!
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