May 31, 2012 on 6:06 pm
In recent years, many major flooring manufacturers have discontinued their brand-specific floor cleaners leaving customers unsure where to turn for a quality floor cleaner at a reasonable price. Homeowners have tried various methods to clean their no-wax wood and laminate flooring with results often ranging from bad to worse. Vinegar and water, long touted as a miracle cleaner, is actually harmful to wood and laminate floors due to the acidic nature of vinegar and the penetrating qualities of water. Together they can dull a floor’s finish and irreparably distort and warp the floor. Grocery-store bought hardwood or laminate floor cleaners typically contain ingredients that leave residue on the floor that attracts dirt and is difficult, if not impossible, to remove. This often appears as a cloudy film covering the floor.
Hilway Direct saw the need to provide homeowners with a clear and simple quality option for cleaning their polyurethane and factory finished hardwood and laminate floors. Hilway Direct’s NEW Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner delivers superior cleaning capability, ease of use and straight-forward product selection…at an affordable price.
Hilway Direct provides a premixed, perfectly blended, daily cleaner making it easy to clean no-wax wood & laminate flooring. In addition, Hilway Direct Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is also approved to properly clean cork, bamboo and vinyl flooring. This ready-to-use cleaner and a microfiber mop are all you’ll need to easily lift dirt and grease without leaving a film, residue or streaks and with no measuring or rinsing required while being safe for use around children and pets. Just spray and mop!
Customers who have already tried Hilway Direct Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner say it’s the best cleaner they’ve used on their floor.
Hilway Direct Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is available in two convenient sizes- 32oz Spray and 1 Gallon Refill. Both are ready-to-use formulas that require no measuring and no mixing which means easy, no-hassle cleaning for homeowners.
May 3, 2012 on 5:41 pm
What Gloss Level Should I Use On My Floor?
When selecting a gloss level for wood, laminate or vinyl flooring consider these factors…
High-gloss provides a bright finish that reflects the most light which will highlight scuffs, scratches and other marks. Heavy foot-traffic, high-heel shoes, rolling carts and pets will show wear on a high-gloss finish. With frequent routine maintenance a high-gloss shine can be successfully maintained.
Matte (or Satin) finish has the lowest available shine because it absorbs the most light. The shine is often referred to as being a “natural” shine. This low luster makes marks, scuffs and scratches less noticeable. Matte or satin finish level requires less maintenance and re-coating than high or semi-gloss finishes.
Semi-gloss or (Low-gloss) provides modest shine to a floor while requiring less maintenance than its high-gloss counterpart. Semi-gloss has more pizzaz than a matte finish.
When deciding on gloss level for a floor, consider the following:
Here are some top brands of flooring finishes:
August 25, 2011 on 8:00 am
Hey, Don’t Blame the Carpet, an article in Hotel Industry Magazine’s online publication, features Host Dry Carpet Cleaning System. The article highlights the benefits of using a dry carpet cleaner such as Host Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning.
Host is effective for cleaning a small area or an entire room with a dry extraction powder that dries quickly, eliminates mold & mildew issues and reduces allergans. Applications include hospitality, healthcare, commercial & residential.
Host is Green Seal Certified, recognized by US EPA Design for the Environment (DfE), earns LEED credits and is approved by the Florida School Plant Managers Association (FSPMA) for carpet cleaning products based on performance, safety and environmental criteria.
July 28, 2011 on 8:00 am
Have you ever had something stink and no matter how many times you clean it, the smell is never quite gone? My most recent experience was with my son’s backpack. He returned from a Boy Scout camping trip with a “wet dog” smell in his backpack and on the items that were in the backpack.
Turns out, it wasn’t a dog that got into his stuff but a raw egg. He had the bright idea to transport an egg in his backpack for use as a target on the shooting range … needless to say the egg didn’t quite make it. Instead, it got “scrambled” inside his backpack.
So, we had his backpack, rain gear and few other items that had a nasty stink that two regular wash cycles couldn’t conquer. I didn’t want to use bleach because it might damage these items that require a delicate wash cycle.
It turned out that my son’s timing with this mess couldn’t have been better! 1877floorguy.com had just received the first shipment of new Odorcide 210 Products for Cigarette Smoke, Fire&Flood and (the one I needed) Laundry!
Next day I brought home a 16oz accumix bottle of Odorcide Laundry and we gave it a try. Directions on the bottle told me how much to add to the wash load depending on the severity of the odor. I let my son squeeze the right amount into the accumix reservoir and we added it to the wash cycle.
After one gentle wash cycle (gentle because we were washing a backpack and raingear) the bad odor was completely gone! A fresh scent was noticeable and it wasn’t flowery either, just a mild, clean smell, not overpowering.
I later used Odorcide Laundry for his sneakers which had a pungent odor from sweaty feet. It was so bad that it greeted me when I entered his room. Again, one wash cycle and the smell was GONE! In the past I had used bleach in the wash to rid sneakers of bad odors, but this worked so much better!
So… for all the not-so-fresh-smelling stuff in your life, I highly recommend the Odorcide 210 Family of Products! Intended for use in Residential & Commercial applications, it is safe for use on a wide range of surfaces such as carpet, wood, laminate, upholstery, most fabrics and ceiling tiles. Safe also for use around people and pets. Can be applied using a sprayer, fogger, via immersion and in laundry machines.
Choose the Odorcide that best suits your needs:
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July 18, 2011 on 2:50 pm
This broad spectrum disinfectant cleaner is proven to effectively eliminate and protect against harmful bacteria, viruses, mold & mildew including MRSA, E-Coli, H1N1 & more using new chlorine dioxide technology.
Safe for people, pets and the environment, clear, odorless, not caustic or corrosive. Vital Oxide is a non-irritant to skin, requires no protective gloves or gear during use and leaves no residue where it is applied.
Safe on a wide range of surfaces including fabrics, carpets, laminate, glass, sealed concrete and ceramic tile including shower curtains, under sinks, in basements and crawl spaces – anywhere mold, viruses or bacteria can be found. Vital Oxide is even an effective additive in laundry machines to disinfect linens, clothing, etc during normal wash cycles.
Use Vital Oxide wherever bad odors, mold, mildew or bacteria are present. Use in Schools, Hospitals, Restaurants, Hotels, Homes, Gyms and on Sporting equipment.
MSDS, Registrations & Certification Documents are available on our website.
June 30, 2011 on 5:50 pm
Mannington Ultra Clean NOW AVAILABLE!
The first truckload of New & Improved Mannington Ultra Clean has just delivered to our warehouse. Our Fulfillment Associates are packing orders for Ultra Clean as quickly as possible. If you haven’t already done so, PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!
The new, improved Mannington Ultra Clean has been formulated to clean a broader range of Mannington residential floors including no-wax hardwood, laminate, Adura® and porcelain. Like the original formula, this cleaner is non-toxic, water-based, leaves NO dulling residue and is still available in a 32oz Spray Bottle.
May 16, 2011 on 3:30 pm
Diversey’s Taski Vision Matte Floor Finish has, recently, been discontinued in all sizes.
We’ve had many customers ask for a comparable replacement and have been recommending Hilway Direct, Matte Floor Finish. The Hilway Direct product is a hard-wearing, highly resistant acrylic floor finish for use on vinyl, linoleum, rubber, cork and other hard surface flooring. Like Taski Vision Matte it is applied post installation and exhibits quality performance in application, sheen, scuff resistance and ease of cleaning.
Hilway Direct Matte Flooring Finish is available through 1877floorguy.com and comes in a 1.33 Gallon size.
Hilway Direct floor finish is also available in Satin and Gloss.
May 4, 2011 on 2:53 pm
Cork flooring has been gaining popularity in the US market however many are skeptical because they don’t know much about it. Here are some bits of information about cork that you may not have known. For example, cork was widely used as a flooring material in the 1950s. If your house was constructed in the ‘50s, there is a chance that cork floors are hidden beneath wall to wall carpeting. Depending on the condition of the cork, you may be able to sand & refinish it for an eco-friendly, trendy floor. Here’s some more to know about cork…
Cork has a cellular construction that provides cushion under your step making it easier on the feet, legs and back especially when standing for long stretches.
The resilience of cork reduces the impact of fallen objects, such as glass or china, which would likely shatter on a wood or ceramic floor.
Shhh. Cork is quiet underfoot.
Cork is forgiving (but not impervious) when you drop something that dents or punctures because it “recovers” or bounces back, kind of like memory foam. Minor damage is inconspicuous. Major damage can often be repaired.
Cork is eco-friendly because it is a strictly regulated and renewable natural product made from the bark of cork oak trees that are at least 25 years old. Removal of the bark does not harm the tree and the bark grows back. It can be harvested again in intervals of 9 years.
Cork has natural fire-resistant (not fireproof) properties and does not release toxins (good for air quality) if it does burn.
Cork is naturally resistant to mold and mildew.
Cork is resistant to insects, such as termites or carpenter ants, because of suberin, a natural component of cork, which repels critters.
Most of today’s cork floors are coated with polyurethane and require 3 – 4 coats for durability and extended wear. Refinishing is required every 5-10 years. This involves sanding and recoating. (A cork floor from the 1950s may have a wax finish requiring different care than urethane.)
Routine cork care is easy and required to keep the floor in good shape. Sweep or vacuum routinely to prevent small particles of dirt from scratching the floor’s surface. Dust mopping is recommended. Clean with a neutral spray cleaner and microfiber mop, similar to what is used on polyurethane coated wood floors. Avoid harsh detergents or high pH cleaning products that will likely cause damage.
Some cork floors have a veneer surface while others are through and through material. Patterned cork tiles are typically a veneer while solid color cork is typically cork through the thickness of material. While veneer-surfaced cork tiles can be coated with polyurethane, you may not be able to sand before recoating.
Cork should be used on floors at ground-level or above. Not a good fit for basements that are below grade where dampness and moisture can become problematic.
Cork floors and pets? Claw marks are not typically a problem because of the forgiving nature of cork. A deep scratch can be sanded and sealed. When compared with hardwood flooring, cork will outperform in regards to visible pet scratches.
Cork floors are water resistant but not water proof. Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible after they happen to avoid staining and degradation of the material.
Hypoallergenic properties of cork: Cork floors contain no fibers or toxins.
Cork, like wood, will fade when exposed to direct sunlight. Keep this in mind when placing area rugs on your cork floor and when selecting window treatments.
Remember to lift, not drag, furniture that is being moved across the cork floor or use felt-bottom furniture slides to prevent damage.
Wondering if you can install cork flooring as a do-it-yourself project? If you’re handy, you may be able to install your own cork floor. Be sure the surface you’re installing on is flat and level. Many cork floors use a glue-down method while others are floating floors. Consult the installation manual that comes with your flooring material and make sure your subfloor is in good condition.
A general rule to follow when it comes to finishing, waxing or cleaning a cork floor is to test a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding with the entire area and follow manufacturer’s recommended procedures. When product literature is not available for your floor, consult industry sources to produce the best possible results.
Call 1-877-floorguy with questions and a knowledgeable, experienced staff member will provide the information you need to care for your floor.
April 12, 2011 on 4:33 pm
Natural Stone occasionally needs more than routine cleaning maintenance. The location of the stone surface- such as a shower, kitchen or high traffic area- and the type of surface- for example Travertine, Porcelain or Granite- are factors that contribute to the frequency with stone is likely to need extra attention to maintain it’s natural beauty. For instance, stone floor or walls in a shower will be more susceptible to soap scum and hard water deposits than a stone foyer floor that sees minimal foot traffic.
To remove difficult stains, try Aqua Mix NanoScrub® which is an abrasive cream cleanser designed to work on stone surface where other cleaners won’t. NanoScrub utilizes “nano-sized” particles to penetrate into small surface pores where it can effectively remove surface stains and residues. NanoScrub is safe and effective on all types of stone and tile surfaces including acid-sensitive polished marble and limestone. Works on pencil & rubber marks, mildew stains, grout residue (including epoxy), ground-in dirt and mineral deposits. Will also remove factory-applied waxes and floor finishes, coating sealers, and most sealer residues.
NanoScrub contains no voc’s is nontoxic, non-flammable and non-acidic for better indoor and outdoor air quality as compared to similar traditional products.
March 21, 2011 on 2:59 pm
Spartan Chemical has a line of maintenance products for resilient flooring that is Green Seal Certified. Use of these GREEN products to clean and maintain resilient flooring in your facility will earn points towards LEED Certification and bring you one step closer to meeting your company’s sustainable environmental initiatives.
If you‘re not familiar with LEED, go to the US Green Building Council website ,LEED Rating System page and browse their website to get a full understanding of the program.
Using GREEN floor cleaning & maintenance products can add points towards LEED Qualification for Existing Buildings. Building types include – but are not limited to – offices, retail stores, libraries, schools, museums, religious institutions, hotels and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.
At 1877floorguy.com, you can purchase GREEN Spartan Chemical products such as Green Solutions All Purpose Cleaner 101 Concentrate. We also stock GREEN floor cleaning and maintenance products from various manufacturers for different types of floors including wood, laminate & carpet.
If you’re looking for additional guidance toward GREEN floorcare products, call us at 1-877-floorguy (1-877-356-6748).
March 16, 2011 on 6:06 pm
Diversey Inc has made is simple for you to identify GREEN within their product lines. They have compiled a list of GREEN certified products so you can find cleaning & maintenance solutions that add points towards LEED Certification or that meet your corporate sustainable environment initiatives. Check out this great tool here, Diversey GREEN Products.
If you‘re not familiar with LEED, go to the US Green Building Council website ,LEED Rating System page and browse their website to get a full understanding of the program.
Using green floor cleaning & maintenance products can add points towards LEED Qualification for Existing Buildings. Building types include – but are not limited to – offices, retail stores, libraries, schools, museums, religious institutions, hotels and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.
At 1877floorguy.com, you can purchase GREEN Diversey products such as Stride Neutral Floor Cleaner and we can provide pricing for many Diversey products, even if they are not listed on our website. For a quote, call 1-877-floorguy (1-877-356-6748).
March 10, 2011 on 4:12 pm
We’ve updated our top 7 NEVERS for wood flooring. We tried to keep it to 7 (because of the title) however we thought of more and couldn’t consolidate too much without diluting the message so …now there are 8.
March 8, 2011 on 5:39 pm
Spring is around the corner which makes it time to think about SPRING CLEANING!
Yes, I said it!… Spring cleaning. May not be your favorite part of spring yet it needs to be done and what a great feeling when it is! You know there will be no more slush or ice melter tracking inside because the weather has turned milder, the grass is greening up and the first flowers of Spring are beginning to bloom. No more debris tracking into the house hidden in the treads of winter boots.
Start now, thinking about which cleaning projects you’ll take on this spring. Is it time to refresh your hardwood floor? Polish your vinyl or linoleum? Deep clean & reseal stone tile?
Whatever your brand of vinyl flooring, we’ve got the manufacturer specific products to strip and polish the floor to restore shine & beauty such as Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Polish Remover & High-Gloss Polish (also avail Satin finish).
Stone Surfaces should be resealed when water no longer beads on the surface. If your stone floor has been overworked this winter, first deep clean with AquaMix Stone Deep Clean then seal with Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold.
We sell many brands of floorcare & maintenance products in addition to those listed above. If you’re unsure what your floor needs but you know it needs help, call our telephone support team for assistance. They can guide you to the right product for your type or brand of floor. The phone number is 1-877-356-6748 or 1-877-FLOORGUY. Phone hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
January 13, 2011 on 6:25 pm
Wilsonart Flooring, as of December 3, 2010, has discontinued the Wilsonart Flooring brand. The company plans to honor warranties, through their stated terms, on all flooring purchased before December 31, 2011.
Wilsonart Flooring has a branded cleaner for use in maintaining their laminate floors. This cleaner is still available as a concentrated cleaner.
Wilsonart recongnizes www.1877floorguy.com as a reliable source for Wilsonart Flooring maintenance products:
Wilsonart Laminate Floor Cleaner concentrate is available in 32oz Concentrate or Gallon Concentrate. Dilution ratios are shown on each bottle of cleaner. Mix solution in a generic spray bottle and use with Bona Microfiber Mop for best results.
If you have any questions about proper care for your Wilsonart Laminate Floor, call us at 1-877-356-6748.
January 11, 2011 on 5:32 pm
We’ve separated Congoleum Residential & Commercial into two separate sections on our website to make shopping easier for you!
Still under Vinyl Floor Care Products-
Congoleum Residential inludes all of the Bright ‘N Easy Floorcare Products for use on
Congoleum Commercial includes the Congoleum Commercial Floorcare Products intended for use on Congoleum Commercial-Grade Sheet Vinyl and Commercial Vinyl Floor Tile including Flor-Ever Plus, Alternatives, Choices and CX Series.
1877Floorguy.com has floorcare products to clean & maintain all types of residential and commercial floors. Not sure what you need? Call 1-877-356-6748.
January 4, 2011 on 4:49 pm
Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is the preferred replacement for Award WearMax Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
Bona products are conveniently packaged in REFILLABLE, RECYCLEABLE containers that provides convenience, sustainability and economy in 32oz Spray Bottle, Spray Mop Cartridge and Gallon Refill containers.
Directions For Use:
Note: Cleaner dries quickly so spraying too large of an area will result in a sticky floor. Re-clean a sticky area, wiping with microfiber mop immediately after spraying.
December 17, 2010 on 6:12 pm
We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter. If you find the following carpet care tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions. We post Q & A’s a few times each week.
This post includes info for Mohawk FloorCare Essentials, Host, Nylac & furniture glides for use on carpet.
Q: How do I clean grease and tracked-in dirt from the “green” carpet Mohawk makes out of recycled pop bottles?
A: Mohawk recommends the Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Stain Remover, 32oz Spray or Carpet Cleaning Kit, to treat stains on their EverStrand™ & SmartStrand® Carpets and they emphasize routine vacuuming & cleaning for ongoing care and upkeep.
Q: My carpet gets “dented” where the coffee table sits in my family room. The table moves when my kids rest their feet on it and they never seem to notice so now I’ve got carpet dents in more than one spot and the table is getting wobbly from being moved. I’m looking for a way to fix this problem since telling my kids to take their feet down doesn’t seem to be working well enough.
A: Equinox makes carpet glides for furniture that disperses the weight of the table leg onto a disk that is padded on one side and hard plastic on the other reducing the “dent” effect on the carpet. The table will move more freely on these discs alleviating the stress on the table legs. So now when your kids put their feet up, the table will still move but you won’t have the problem with carpet “dents” and the table legs will not be stressed. Glides come in two sizes, 2-3/4” or 5” round.
Q: I cleaned a coffee stain from my beige carpet with a cleaner I bought at the grocery store. The stains seemed to be gone at first but now the area keeps getting dirty so I think it’s not totally gone. How do I get rid of this? Is there a carpet cleaner that will take up the whole stain?
A: Host Carpet Cleaner will take up most stains without leaving a residue. Host is a dry extraction system that absorbs soils as it dissolves them. The dissolved spot does not have the opportunity to run to the base of the carpet so there isn’t anything there to wick back to the surface. For small areas, the carpet cleaning kit or 2.5lb shaker pack should do the job.
Q: Someone told me that Nylac Carpet Cleaner is good for cleaning my carpet because I’ve got allergies and it’s got no odor and is safe. Do you have an MSDS sheet for this product so I can check for myself?
December 8, 2010 on 7:13 pm
We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter. If you find the following stone, tile & grout care tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions. We post Q & A’s a few times each week.
Q: Does 1877floorguy.com have product for use on ceramic tile?
A: We sell a variety of products for ceramic tile. Here are a few brands that have products for ceramic tile- Aqua Mix, Bona, DuPont™ StoneTech®. In addition, we can answer your questions about the right maintenance products for the type of tile you have. Call us at 1-877-356-6748.
Q: Which DuPont Sealer has a lifetime warranty for use on Marble?
A: I don’t know of any sealer (by any manufacturer) that has a lifetime warranty. All sealer needs to be reapplied. You may be thinking of DuPont™ StoneTech® BulletProof® Sealer or Heavy Duty Sealer. Both are recommended for use on natural marble w/ expected wear of 3-5 years when properly maintained. For routine cleaning of sealed Marble, use DuPont™ StoneTech® Revitalizer® Cleaner and Protector or Stone & Tile Cleaner.
Q: My foyer floor is Marble and I’m not sure if I need to seal it. How can I tell and what Sealer should I use?
A: Place a few drops of water on the marble floor and wait 15 minutes. (This works for any stone surface.) If the water beads up and wipes off without leaving a dark spot then your surface is well sealed. If the water absorbs into the surface then you need to apply Sealer. For interior use, DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional Heavy Duty Sealer works well to protect a polished marble floor. Once sealed, use Revitalizer® Cleaner and Protector, for routine maintenance.
Q: Can I use AQUA MIX High-Gloss Sealer to seal natural stone in a shower?
A: AQUA MIX High-Gloss Sealer is a topical sealer and is NOT recommended for areas where there maybe standing water. Instead USE a penetrating sealer such as AQUA MIX Sealer’s Choice Gold or AQUA MIX Penetrating Sealer.
Q: Can I use AQUA MIX grout colorant over epoxy grout?
Q: I use Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner for wood floors in my house. It seems like such a gentle cleaner, can I use it on my bathroom ceramic tile?
A. For tile floors (stone & laminate also) use Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner which is formulated for this type of floor. If you’re already using the Bona Floor Cleaning System for hardwood, you can use the same Microfiber Mop & Cleaning Pad which makes this an economical choice. The Bona ST&L Cleaner is available in 32oz Spray & Spray Mop Cartridge. However if your floor is under warranty, check the warranty before you buy cleaner. Flooring manufacturers often require a particular cleaner to uphold warranty.
December 2, 2010 on 4:34 pm
Using the wrong type of cleaning solution on a hardwood or laminate floor may result in oil residue that looks murky or hazy. These cleaners often contain acrylic polish which requires mineral spirits to remove the film left behind.
For removing acrylic polish and other wax-residue left by product such as Mop & Glo or Orange Glo follow these directions. Test this method in an inconspicuous area before treating the entire floor. Consult the flooring manufacturer for their recommended cleaning methods.
Preparation & Materials:
Important Warnings & Advisements:
Other types of flooring, such as vinyl or ceramic tile, can often handle more aggessive cleaning agents than wood and laminate floors. If you’ve got a similar problem with a type of floor not addressed in these instructions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-356-6748. We’ll direct you to the best solution for your floor.
December 1, 2010 on 6:02 pm
We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter. If you find the following linoleum & vinyl floorcare tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions. We post Q & A’s a few times each week.
Q: Is the Armstrong Genuine Linoleum Polish a high shine or a satin finish shine?
A: Armstrong GLP is a MEDIUM-HIGH FINISH so it’s in between high & satin. Try it in an inconspicuous area before treating the entire floor to see if you like the sheen.
Q: We have a Mannington Adura® Floor in our kitchen that is very hard to keep clean. Every few months it needs a deep cleaning, which means me on hands and knees using a brush — very hard work. I am wondering if the Mannington Heavy Duty Cleaner would help this. How would you recommend this product be used?
A: This product will help as it is more aggressive than a daily cleaner and should be used only every few months or so depending on the traffic in your home. Read the article, Mannington Adura® Vinyl Floor Care & Cleaning Guidelines, to learn more about cleaning & maintaining Mannington Adura®.
Here’s one for the industry- Q: How far into the floor does the flash cove need to be when it butts up against the floor which is a different color?
A: There are no set “”rules”" regarding flooring that is coved meeting the field material. Based on my experience, I suggest the coved material should have min 6″” (more commonly 8”) from the wall /vertical surface. This allows enough material, beyond the cove stick, to be flat on the floor for 100% contact with the floor and adhesive.
December 1, 2010 on 5:43 pm
Includes questions regarding Bona, Bruce, Uniclic, Quick Step, Award Wearmax.
We get emails all the time from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter. If you find the following hardwood & laminate floorcare tips helpful log onto Facebook and “Like Us” or Twitter and “Follow Us” for answers to all types of flooring questions. We post Q & A’s a few times each week.
Q: I cleaned my hardwood floor with Orange Glo and it left an ugly residue. Is there anything that will get this off?
A: Click on this link for directions that will help you remove the Orange Glo from you floor, Removing Acrylic Polishes from Hardwood Floors & Other Hardsurface Floors.
Q: When I take up the rugs from my hardwood floors I can tell that the wood under the rugs is lighter than the rest of my floor. Is this due to sunlight? Is there anything I can do to darken the light areas?
A: Yes, exposure to daylight does cause wood to darken. The areas covered by rugs aren’t able to darken. Remove the rugs completely or move them every so often so these areas get exposed to daylight.
Q: My Uniclic-Quickstep Laminate Floor (installed ‘07) has worn very well however the cleaner I am using, given to me by the contractor who installed my floor, leaves an oily film. What do you recommend to clean the residue and shine the floor as it should?
A: Quick Step has floor care products to clean and maintain Uniclic Floors. As far as restoring any luster that may have been lost with the wrong cleaning products, try Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Polish to restore shine. We suggest that you test all products in an inconspicuous area to be sure they bond properly and give the right sheen before you treat the entire area.
Q: Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher says that it CANNOT BE USED after Bona Hardwood Floor Polish has been applied to the floor. Does that mean if the polish has EVER been used on the floor? What if I use the cleaner (for a thorough clean) and then Refresher even though I have used the Bona Polish in the past? If not, what can I do to bring the shine back to my dull hardwood floor?
A: This is a great question that we get often. If Bona Polish has been applied to the floor, EVER, you CANNOT use Refresher BECAUSE it will leave a white film or haze on the floor. You CAN apply Bona Polish, Low or High Gloss, again to rejuvenate your hardwood floor. This can be done periodically to bring the shine back to your floor. Frequency depends on the amount of traffic on your floor so it may be every few months or every few years.
Q: A couple months ago I ordered a Quick Step Floor Care Kit for my Quick Step Laminate Floor. The cleaner and mop work very well. I have noticed, however, that Bona also sells a laminate floor cleaner. As long as my laminate floor is Quick Step, should I stick with the Quick Step Quick Clean, or will Bona work just as well?
A: Flooring manufacturers often formulate their cleaning products to provide optimum care for the floor they are intended to maintain and using these products will uphold your floor’s warranty should you ever need it. Other cleaning products may contain ingredients potentially harmful to your floor. Quick Step and Bona are both quality laminate floor cleaners however in this case we recommend you stay with the QuickStep Floorcare Products.
Q: I have an Award Hardwood Floor with the Wearmax Ceramic Finish. I have ordered the recommended Wear Max Cleaner from you in the past and see that it is now discontinued. What should I use to clean my Award wood floor?
A: Recommended replacement is Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Use a Microfiber Mop with the cleaner. Mop package comes with a dusting pad which can be used dry to dust the floor periodically & before mopping.
Q: I’m looking to buy a Bona Professional Floor Mop. Do you carry this product? It looks like you carry just about everything for the “Bona System”.
A: Likely you’re looking for the 18″ Professional Mop which is sold in a kit. In addition to that we carry several Bona floor mops on our website in the Bona Mops, Pads & Covers Section including a 15″ Residential Mop Set and an all-in-one Spray Mop.
Q: I have 8 year old Bruce hardwood floors throughout my home. It seems that I have, over the years, used products that have built up on the wood floor leaving a film. What cleaner do you recommend to remove the film then keep the floors looking great?
A: Bruce has their own line of maintenance product recommend for use on their wood floors. Presuming your floor is urethane coated hardwood, you’ll want to use the Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Cleaner, avail in 2 sizes- 32oz Spray & 64oz Refill. This cleaner should lift the residue on your floor and leave it residue and streak free. You’ll likely need to put more pressure on the mop than you typically would and go over it a several times if the buildup is heavy from years of other cleaners. Bruce also has Fresh Finish Floor Polish that will refresh the shine on your floor once it is thoroughly cleaned.
Q: How do I get an MSDS for a product on your website?
A: Many of our products have an MSDS link located at the end of the product’s description. If you are viewing a product that does not have an MSDS, contact us via email at email@example.com or call 1-877-356-6748 and we’ll forward the information to you.
November 15, 2010 on 5:48 pm
Mannington Adura® is a high-performance luxury vinyl floor that resembles wood, tile, or stone in appearance and texture. We’ve had questions from customers about the care & maintenance of Adura®…
Adura® floors are low-gloss floors. If you wish to give your floor a high-gloss shine use Award Series® High-Gloss Polish. After several applications of polish for a high-shine floor, an occasional stripping and reapplication of polish may be necessary. We recommend the use of Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper. After thorough cleaning, rinsing and drying, apply Mannington Award Series® High-Gloss Polish to restore the shine. High-traffic areas may require more than one application of polish. Allow polish to dry “tack-free” between coats. Do not use wax. Do not buff.
Handling Spills & Stains:
Stick to these general rules when you follow the procedures below:
Cleaning Procedures for Spills & Stains:
October 7, 2010 on 5:48 pm
Steam mops are popular now and many customers have asked if they should try a steam mop to clean their hardwood floor because it appears to clean deep to remove dirt. The answer is NO! In no way, shape or form should a steam mop ever be used on a hardwood floor. Steam mops do clean deep because the steam is penetrating. When steam (or any form of water) is introduced to wood, the wood will absorb the water causing the wood to warp, discolor and distort. This includes polyurethane & acrylic finished wood which will absorb steam as it penetrates into the crevices between wood planks which will expand and contract as the wood gets wet then dries causing an ugly mess. Other types of finished hardwood will get sticky and filmy right away with steam (or water). If you haven’t tried a steam mop on your hardwood floors, DON’T!
Here’s what you CAN DO to clean and shine your hardwoods:
There are several types of hardwood floors, most common are Polyurethane or Acrylic Finished and Waxed Wood Floors. The two are treated in completely different ways yet steam mopping is bad for both!
Polyurethane & Acrylic Finished Hardwood:
Use a spray & mop system such as Bona Spray Mop which is an all in one spray cleaner or a separate spray bottle and microfiber mop such as those made by Bona (32oz spray bottle & microfiber mop or kit) or Basic Coatings Squeaky (floor care system kit includes both items). Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to get all the tools and cleaner you need from one source. Be sure you’re using a microfiber mopsbecause it is most effective at picking up dirt without releasing dust particles into the air. If your wood floor is new, check your manufacturer’s warranty because many wood floor manufacturers have their own branded cleaner (similar to Bona or Basic) formulated specifically for their hardwood flooring product. Using the cleaner recommended by the floor’s manufacturer is typically required to uphold the floor’s warranty.
Here are a handful of manufacturers that have branded spray cleaner:
The brands goes on and on so refer to the wood floor care Section of 1877floorguy.com/wood for a complete list.
Performance expectations for all spray & mop wood floor cleaners:
If you’re trying to improve the shine of your floor, there are several wood floor polishes or refreshers available (shown below). All are easy to apply with an applicator pad on a microfiber mop. Good do-it-yourself project. These products will fill microscopic scratches creating a smooth surface thereby improving the floor’s appearance and shine. Several sheen levels are available so choose carefully based on your desired result. Hardwood floor polishes & refresher are available from Bona, Basic Coatings & Bruce.
Waxed Hardwood Floors:
Sweep routinely to pick up loose dirt that can scratch the floor under foot traffic. That is the only FREQUENT maintenance required. When spots or spills happen, spot clean with a liquid paste wax with cleaner. DO NOT clean with water or spray cleaners! Periodically (twice each year is typical) clean the entire floor with a liquid paste wax with cleaner (same cleaner used for spot cleaning). Bruce makes one for light wood and one for dark wood floors. In between cleaning/wax applications, machine buffing will bring up the floor’s shine.
Another option is to use a product like Bruce’s, No Buff Acrylic Finish for Waxed Wood floors that provides a tough acrylic finish that will then be cleaned like the Polyurethane & Acrylic floors shown above.
Additional questions about cleaning & caring for a wood floor (or any floor) can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our knowledgeable Customer Support team will answer your questions to help you find the right products to care for your floor.
September 29, 2010 on 3:29 pm
Pergo has discontinued its branded laminate floor cleaner.
Recommended replacement: Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner is proven effective on Pergo Laminate flooring and available in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner is non-streaking, neutral, safe and environmentally friendly.
Bona products are conveniently packaged in REFILLABLE, RECYCLEABLE containers that provides convenience, sustainability and economy in 32oz Spray Bottle, Spray Mop Cartridge and Gallon Refill containers.
Directions For Use:
Note: Cleaner dries quickly so spraying too large of an area will result in a sticky floor. Re-clean a sticky area, wiping with microfiber mop immediately after spraying.
September 7, 2010 on 3:53 pm
Autumn the perfect time to get back to floorcare routines that keep your floors looking GREAT. It may even be time for your floor to get an extra bit of TLC to really shine before the winter holidays set in.
There are many types of floors that require different routines however they all have one thing in common-
Many flooring manufacturers maintain care instructions on their websites for easy reference. Some recommend specific floor care products for cleaning and maintenance. The floor’s warranty will tell you if using a specific product is required in order to uphold the manufacturer’s warranty. Look up instructions for your floor if you know who made it.
Sweep or vacuum! I can’t emphasize enough that routine sweeping or vacuuming is a must (vacuum should be in good condition and on the correct setting for hardsurface floors) for all hard surface flooring- including hardwood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, stone and tile. This keeps small particles of dirt and debris, which can cause microscopic scratches and dulling of your floor’s finish, off the floor. The higher the gloss level of your floor’s finish, the more evident the scratches will be. Stone and tile are the most resistant to scratches however the grout lines will collect dirt if left unswept. I’m often asked how often a person should sweep their floor. I typically reply that it depends on how much use and traffic the floor gets. A floor that is lived-on daily by a family of four (or more) is likely going require sweeping daily. For a person who lives alone the same floor may only need to be swept once each week.
Basic routine maintenance also involves cleaning. Like sweeping, the frequency with which your floor should be cleaned varies between households. Use your good judgment based on the amount of traffic on your floor. Many hardsurface floors can be easily cleaned with a no-rinse spray cleaner and a microfiber mop. This includes urethane-finished hardwood, laminate, stone & tile. Each type of floor requires a different cleaning product (so always read labels) however the idea is the same across the board. Clean the floor in small sections to avoid the sprayed cleaner from drying before you get a chance to wipe it. Bona & Basic both have popular spray cleaners for use on urethane wood floors (and more). These are reputable floor care products that are not directly linked to a specific flooring manufacturer. If you know the brand of your wood floor, check to see what the flooring manufacturer recommends before purchasing cleaner & care products. Several flooring manufacturers have their own brand of cleaner that is specifically formulated for use on their floor. Websites, such as www.1877floorguy.com carry most manufacturer specific floor care products such as Mannington Ultra Clean and Bruce Dura Luster which are formulated for cleaning wood and laminate floors made by these companies. Several spray cleaners, like the Ultra Clean and DuraLuster, are intended for use on multiple types of flooring surfaces. Wilsonart Ready Mix Spray is a laminate and linoleum floor cleaner. Bona makes a stone, tile & laminate cleaner. These can be economical cleaning products if you’ve got more than one type of flooring materials in your home so do some research before you buy. For cleaning stone & tile well-known products are made by AquaMix and DuPont StoneTech . Among the available products are easy to use spray & wipe cleaners. These quality routine cleaners, AquaMix’s AquaShield and DuPont StoneTech Revitalizer, both contain cleaning agent and sealer to protect the stone surface as it cleans (sealing is very important for natural stone). AquaMix and StoneTech also offer products for deeper cleaning (occasional use) such as Grout Deep Clean to remove stubborn grout stains or KlenzAll for cleaning soap scum and mildew from natural stone.
Tips to keep in mind when using spray & wipe cleaners:
Waxed wood floors require a completely different cleaning regiment. Routinely, a waxed wood floor should only be swept and spot cleaned. If spot cleaning is needed, use a cleaner formulated for use on a waxed hardwood floor such as Bruce Lite-n-Natural or Bruce Dark-n-Rich Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner. You’ll use the same cleaner when your floor needs to be completely cleaned and waxed which should be done every 6 months to a year. The Bruce Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner is an all-in-one product that takes care of cleaning and waxing thereby reducing the number of steps in the process. Waxed wood floors require a buffer machine which you can typically rent from a local hardware store. More information on cleaning waxed wood floors can be found in the blog post, Surprise! Wood Floors Under the Carpet! Wax or Urethane Finish?
Like hardsurface floors, carpet also requires routine maintenance to keep dirt and debris from becoming ingrained into the floor and dulling it’s appearance. The #1 rule is vacuum! Vacuuming will pick up loose dirt and debris left behind from foot traffic, food crumbs, etc. and it will lift the carpet pile which becomes especially matted down in high traffic areas. You can’t really overdo vacuuming so however often you can, do it. Your vacuum needs to be in good working condition in order to pick-up dirt. If you notice it’s not picking up visible dirt, take it to a service center for repair or get a new vacuum if the one you’re using is very old. The lint bag should be changed with some frequency since a full bag will generate dust into the air landing on the carpet. Vacuuming around the edges of the room where carpet meets wall is often missed because the vacuum itself can only get so close to the wall. Dirt build-up in these areas will eventually look like a dark rim around the edges of the room. Using the vacuum’s crevice tool around all edges of the room every few months will eliminate this problem.
When we talk about cleaning carpets we need to include periodic maintenance and spot cleaning. Periodic maintenance involves wet or dry cleaning your carpet. I am a firm believer in dry cleaning carpets. Wet or steam cleaning introduces water to your carpet which can damage carpet fibers, cause buildup of mold & mildew and require more than a day to dry leaving the room unusable for the duration. Dry cleaning is much less invasive, removes dust and mold spores from the carpet, can be walked on immediately after cleaning and is safe to use on all types of carpet from synthetics to wool. Host is my dry carpet cleaning system of choice because of the approval level of their products, proven effectiveness and ease of use. The Host website has great information to help you determine if it is the right system for your carpet, where to rent a machine (not much bigger than an upright vacuum), and how much cleaner to buy. Often you can purchase the cleaner where you rent the machine or check online retailers also where more sizes and products may be offered (machines can only be rented local to you). Host has small shaker packs of cleaner that can be used for spot or small area cleaning and don’t require use of the machine. These packs are great to keep on hand for spot cleaning.
Protect your work!
Protect your floor and your efforts to clean your floor by putting protectors on the feet or base of furniture. Felt protectors on the bottom of chairs and table legs keeps hardsurface floors from getting scratched when the furniture is moved. Think about how many times a chair is pushed in and out from a table and the damage that does to a floor. Round felt protectors cost between 16- 30 cents each and come in different sizes and quantities. Is there value in these felt protectors? Absolutely! For carpeted areas, furniture glides can be used permanently under pieces that are moved frequently. For instance, I have the 2-3/4” glides under my family room coffee table that is often moved to allow space for playing Wii. The light grey blends into my beige carpet so they’re barely noticeable. I think the legs would have snapped off or the berber carpet would have come unraveled if it weren’t for the glides.
www.1877floorguy.com is dedicated to helping customers properly clean and care for floors by providing popular and hard to find quality floor care products.
July 29, 2010 on 6:17 pm
A lot of information is available about Forbo Marmoleum Floors that will tell you it is a natural, sustainable Linoleum flooring material made from a blend of wood flour, jute, rosin, and linseed oil. You’ll find out that Marmoleum is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-static, has high wear-resistance, becomes more durable over time and has low maintenance requirements. Forbo’s durable 2-part Topshield factory finish is widely publicized and effective. All of this is true FACT about Marmoleum. I wanted to know more about cleaning and mainting Marmoleum, beyond the manufacturer’s written instructions, so I conducted a telephone interview with Forbo’s Technical Services Manager, Frank Wiggins, Installation Training Coordinator, Becky Korinchock and Technical Services Assistant, Jennifer Malloy who clearly explained some lesser know facts about caring for a Marmoleum floor.
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1877Floorguy.com sells Forbo Marmoleum Cleaner & Finish. Professional, Experienced Customer Service can answer your floor maintenance questions at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6758).
June 30, 2010 on 4:12 pm
Lonseal Resilient Vinyl Flooring provides easy to follow maintenance programs for each type of flooring they manufacture along with troubleshooting guidelines for common problems. Outlined here are typical problems, causes and solutions. For the more serious issues, when it may be difficult to discern the cause, you may want to consult with the factory or your local sales agent before proceeding with a remedy.
Black scuff marks and scratches are typically caused by hard plastics or rubber on shoes, carts, rolling beds (in hospitals) or from painted items dragged across the floor. To remedy these marks, removed thick residue with a dull putty knife, carefully so as not to cut into the floor, then rub the marks with a white scouring pad moistened with diluted LONCARE.
Scuffs, scratches or gouges are caused by tracking of dirt and debris, by dragging (or dropping) heavy items, such as furniture, on the floor or by use of inappropriate pads or brushes. Apply floor protectors to the feet or bases of furniture (chairs, tables, etc) that sits on the floor, place walk-off mats at doorways, sweep or dust mop routinely (frequency will depend on use) to remove dirt particles that can scratch the floor, and check all equipment before machine cleaning or buffing- pads & brushes should be clean and in good condition. Always use a dolly, cart or furniture slides when moving heavy objects.
Low or uneven surface gloss level can be caused by several conditions. Check for correct dilution ratio of LONCARE to water, dirty mop water or dirty equipment such as mop head, buffing pads or brushes. Correct the issue and clean the floor again with correctly diluted LONCARE and clean water & equipment. Also check your pads or brushes to ensure they are the correct type. If these simple corrections are made and the problem remains, there may have been an error during initial floor preparation (refer to Initial Care Instructions) or there may be insufficient finish (LONFINISH or LONSATIN) on the floor. In this case thoroughly cleaning and recoating the floor is required. You may need to completely strip and recoat depending on the severity of the problem.
Cloudy, Sticky Finish can occur if phenolic-type disinfectants or high pH cleaners are used to routinely clean the floors. Clean the floors only with Neutral pH Cleaner such as LONCARE (except for instances where higher pH cleaner is recommended for removing specific types of stains or residues) and if disinfectant is required, use a quaternary-based disinfectant.
Powdery or Scaly Finish can be a result of several factors. First, check your pads and brushes to ensure they are suitable for the type of finish on your floor’s surface. Pads and brushes that are too aggressive will accelerate wear of the finish. Other causes may be layers of incompatible finish materials on the floor, not enough wait time between coats of finish during finish application, or prep work was not properly executed prior to finishing. Any of these issues will require strip and refinish according to Lonseal Instructions. Some types of floors need a more flexible finish, such as gym floors, and powdery or scaly appearance may be the result if the finish on the floor is too hard for the type of use it gets. In this situation, the finish will need to be stripped completely and a more suitable finish should be applied. This is a situation where I would recommend consulting with Lonseal or your local sales agent before proceeding.
Yellowing finish is a result of continuous use of dirty mop, buffing pads or tracked-on contaminants. To eliminate discoloration, strip and refinish the floor and ensure all maintenance equipment is kept clean and dirty water is changed frequently during cleaning. Floor mats at doorways will reduce the contaminants being tracked onto the floor. Routine or daily cleaning will pick up the contaminants before they become widespread.
Ink or Dye stains should be scrubbed immediately with a high pH cleaner, such as GP Forward or denatured alcohol. Don’t use solvents. Not all stains can be removed however cleaning a stain soon after it occurs will improve the result.
Slippery Floors can often be minimized by placing walk-off mats at exterior doorways or in strategic locations to capture tracked-in moisture, dirt or contaminants that may be causing the problem. Liquid spills, leaks or condensation will make a resilient floor slippery. Locate and eliminate the source of the liquid, blot or pick up liquid with wet-vac (depending on the severity) and rinse with clean water to remove any residue. If moisture is being tracked in from exterior doorways, walk-off mats will minimize the problem. If accumulation of dust and dirt is causing the floors to be slippery, sweep and dust mop frequently and use walk-off mats at doorways. Contaminants, such as soap residue, grease or furniture polish overspray, can also cause the floor to be slippery. These contaminants will likely leave a film that will clue you in to the source. Use a higher pH cleaner, such as GP Forward, to lift the contaminants off the floor then return to routine cleaning with LONCARE. If possible, eliminate the source of the contaminant or reduce its effect on the floor with strategically placed floor mats. If a contaminant is widespread and the higher pH cleaner does not resolve the problem, a complete strip and refinish may be required and controlling the source will be crucial.
Note: Mats should be non-staining, preferably not rubber-backed. If mats have rubber backing, use acrylic spacers to avoid rubber coming in direct contact with the floor since rubber-backed mats can cause brownish staining on the floor.
1877Floorguy.com sells Lonseal Care & Maintenance Products. Professional, Experienced Customer Service can answer your floor maintenance questions at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6758).
Information contained in this article was provided by Lonseal’s Technical Manual for Interior Flooring Products.
June 3, 2010 on 8:44 pm
Whether you’re headed to your vacation home at the beach, lakeside or in the mountains, your first trip is likely to have your car loaded up with some or all of the following… kids, pets, boogie boards, beach chairs, fishing poles, tackle box, coolers, bed sheets, towels, toilet paper and the list goes on and on. While you’re trying to fit all of this into your vehicle and realizing what a tight squeeze it is, remember… cleaning supplies to get rid of the must and dust that has settled into your vacation home during the winter months!
Have no fear… (1877)Floorguy is Here! Before you leave for your lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer, take a few minutes to log on to www.1877floorguy.com, place your order for cleaning supplies and have it ship to your summer address. This way, you won’t have to fit it into your car which leaves more space for lounge chairs, inner tubes, beach umbrellas, etc. Don’t wait until you get there to buy it at the local grocer who will have a small selection at summer prices. Shop smart at www.1877floorguy.com!
Check out our Top Picks for Summer 2010. We’ve included products that take care of mold, odors and stains and convenient, easy to use items that will make cleaning your home away from home a breeze. Then use our Shipping Calculator to estimate how far in advance you should place your order so it’s there when you arrive. This feature is further explained in How Can I Reduce My Floorguy Shipping Costs Without Sacrificing Service blog.
Bona Spray Floor Mop with Refillable Hardwood Cleaner Cartridge will make cleaning hardwood floors easy with its all-in-one design, just pull the spray handle and mop. It’s that easy! Comes with a Refillable Cartridge (we sell economical gallon size for refilling the cartridge) however, if you’re feeling kicked back and relaxed, you can order additional Hardwood Cleaner Cartridges for your mop. Just replace it and you’re ready to go. All we ask is that you, please, recycle the empty cartridges.
The same Bona Spray Floor Mop can also be used with the Refillable Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner Cartridge to easily clean hard surface floors in your vacation home such as stone, tile and laminate.
DuPont StoneTech Revitalizer Cleaner & Protector is a popular choice for cleaning and maintaining natural stone & ceramic tile surfaces often found in foyers, kitchens and bathrooms. Available in spray or disposable wipes the Revitalizer Cleaner & Protector comes in two great scents, Cucumber and Citrus, and the built-in sealer protects the surface of the stone while it cleans for a worry-free surface. No need to rinse. Just clean and go. This allows more time for you to enjoy fun in the sun!
Great for routine bathroom & kitchen cleaning, AquaKleen is a multi-purpose basin, tub and tile cleaner that effectively cleans even soiled grout joints. The No VOC, water-safe formula is approved for use on ceramic surfaces, natural stone, tile, porcelain, grout, plastic, glass, fiberglass, cultured marble, metal surfaces laminate, and fixtures which will give you peace of mind that a guest staying at your house, while you’re not there, won’t use the “wrong” cleaner because it’s hard to go wrong with AquaKleen.
Grout-Aide is a great quick fix for grouted tile floors that have stains on the grout that just wouldn’t come clean at the end of last season. Or maybe the grout just looks dingy. With very little effort Grout-Aide covers the stains and dries quickly. Grout-Aide comes in 5 different colors. More information on this product can be found in our Quick-Fix for Dirty Grout blog.
Vital-Oxide is a must-have if mold or mildew has taken root or if you’re concerned about bacteria anywhere in your home. Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria on a wide range of surfaces in your home including counters, floors, mattresses, upholstery and in the laundry. Vital Oxide is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial disinfectant, safe for use around children and pets. Ready-to-use formula available in 32oz Spray or Gallon Size.
Odorcide 210 is used alone, or with Vital-Oxide when a disinfectant is required, to neutralize and eliminate strong, adverse odors in the home. Extremely effective and safe on a wide range of surfaces including wood, carpet, upholstery, laminate, tile. No residue, non-irritant, safe for use around people and pets. Available ready-to-use or concentrate.
Three can’t-go-wrong spot cleaners for carpet. All proven effective and easy to use to quickly remove stains from carpet. Don’t worry if your son spills his chocolate milk, the dog has a little “accident” or your husband tracks grease in from the bbq. Here are three convenient carpet spot cleaners to have on hand that can clean-up the mess:
Spot Shot removes both oil-based and water-based stains without leaving any residue or ring behind.
Capture Carpet Spot Eliminator works great on grease and oil based stains.
Host Dry Carpet Cleaner Shaker Pack is a dry carpet cleaner that absorbs stains, reduces allergens such as dust mites, mold and pet dander, has no drying time.
We’ve got many more fabulous floor cleaning & maintenance items at 1877Floorguy.com, hundreds of products to keep your floors looking their best including equipment and tools, such as Bona Kemi Mops & Microfiber Covers and Manufacturer Supplied Care Kits such as Bruce Wood Flooring Maintenance Kit and Quick Step Laminate Cleaning Kit. We carry many hard to find floor care items so, if you don’t find what you need on our website, call us at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6748).
June 2, 2010 on 3:28 pm
I think you’ll agree that…Shipping is EXPENSIVE! Shipping is IMPORTANT! AND you’re a HAPPY Customer when our products ship to you in good condition and in a timely fashion. We want to keep you happy by providing reliable delivery at the best possible price. I am going to share with you some strategies you can use to improve shipping costs for the products you buy from us.
First, take a moment to find the Shipping Calculator located on our “View My Cart” page by scrolling to the bottom of the page. (At lease one item must be in your cart to be able to scroll.) Our Shipping Calculator is linked directly to UPS and uses their rates based on weight, # of packages and destination. This makes it easy for you to look at shipping cost before you place your order.
In order to maximize packaging opportunities and save money for our Customers we have figured out the right size boxes for each of our products and how many items per box create economy in shipping without sustaining certain damage en route to you. You’ll notice, on our website, that most items are available in quantity discounts. Minimum quantity for the price breaks correspond with the way our products are packaged because, for example, it costs less to package 2 bottles of 32 oz. Bona Pro-Series Hardwood Floor Cleaner than 1 so we pass the savings on to you. In addition to the price break, your freight will be substantially less per item for 2 bottles than 1. (There is some difference due to handling and weight.) The Shipping Calculator is an excellent, easy to use tool that you can use to compare shipping costs for multiple quantities vs individual quantities before placing your order.
Our Customers have let us know that shipping cost is an important factor in purchasing decisions. Customers also say that reliable delivery, without damage, is even more important. Based on this feeback, we continue to ship our producst with UPS because they provide us and our Customers with the best record of successful deliveries, ease of order tracking and reliable estimates for transit time (also shown in the Shipping Calculator). If damage does occur in transit, UPS has a system in place to promptly notify us of the damage so we can reship the order to you in the shortest amount of time.
Here’s what some of our customers have said about our shipments:
Amy in Buffalo, NY, “Good products, good prices. Shipping was efficient and timely; the products were well-packaged.”
Miriam in Las Vegas, NV, “I received a confirmation email when I placed the order and another when the order was shipped. The email had a link to the UPS tracking website so I could see exactly when my products would arrive. The process was quick and easy.”
Mary in Newport, TN, “This was one of the easiest orders I have placed on line. The service was very fast and convenient. I received an E-mail confirmation immediately following placement of my order. The order was well packaged and it arrived as promised.”
In addition to quantity discounts, we offer FREE FREIGHT on orders that meet a certain dollar value.
The question, “Is there a way to reduce the shipping cost on my Floorguy order?”
If you have any questions about our shipping policies as you place your order, call 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6748) to speak with one of our courteous, knowledgeable Customer Service Agents.
April 27, 2010 on 6:03 pm
The USS Ronald Reagan has an impressive Museum aboard the ship with an outstanding floor designed with stars and wavering stripes in red, white & blue. This beautiful floor, created with Amtico Stratica, was installed seven years ago.
Unfortunately, a company tried to field apply a UV cured version of Poly Urethane. As shown in the one photo, the finish starting failing about 3 years ago with small blisters.
Everyone thought they would lose the entire floor, but after carefully scraping and peeling the finish off, the Dr. Schutz Application Team was able to prep the old Amtico Stratica floor and apply Dr. Schutz WaxNoMor Gloss.
Faced with high humidity, lack of ventilation and a cold deck floor, drying time between the 2 coats of WaxNoMor was doubled from 2 hours to 4 hours and cure time before foot traffic was extended from the standard 12 hours to 16 hours to accomodate these conditions.
Even with the additional waiting time, the project was completed, start to finish, in less than 3 days achieving a result that made the old floor look new again!
The photos below show the floor in the USS Ronald Reagan’s ship Museum finished with Dr. Schutz WaxNoMor Gloss.
April 22, 2010 on 3:37 pm
Dr. Schutz SlipNoMor Satin Finish was recently applied to an existing Nurazzo floor in the foyer of PNC’s Meadville, PA Bank Branch to evaluate the product’s ability to improve slip resistance on this existing foyer floor to meet ADA Requirements.
With the SlipNoMor Finish, this floor is now ADA Compliant for Slip Resistance and has an appealing Satin sheen that will be easy for the bank to maintain.
SlipNoMor is an additive to Dr. Schutz WaxNoMor. PNC Bank chose the satin finish however three sheen levels are available. WaxNoMor provides an extremely durable finish with reduced maintenance requirements, scuff and stain resistance.
The Dr. Schutz family of products works together to complete and maintain a floor finish application, from prep to cleaning & maintenance. If you think Dr. Schutz SlipNoMor or WaxNoMor might work for an application in your business, call SchutzNA directly to discuss your project at 1-877-272-4889 x 1.
March 16, 2010 on 5:42 pm
Efflorescence, according to www.britannica.com, is a spontaneous loss of water by a hydrated salt, which occurs when the aqueous vapor pressure of the hydrate is greater than the partial pressure of the water vapour in the air… These salts effloresce (i.e., lose all or part of their water of hydration) and their surfaces assume a powdery appearance.
This “powdery” appearance, or efflorescence, can be troublesome because it is often flagged by home inspectors, during the home sale process, as potential signs of a moisture problem. Efflorescence can be removed, and inhibited, from the surface of most natural stone, masonry, tile and grout. Before getting started, it is a good idea to investigate the source and level of moisture to determine if it is within normal range prior to treating the surface.
To Remove Efflorescence:
To Inhibit Future Efflorescence:
If you need help determining the amount of product you’ll need to cover the area to be treated, call 1-877-Floorguy for assistance.
January 20, 2010 on 4:28 pm
Smells come from many sources and in a variety of strengths. For the really BIG, bad odors that don’t go away on their own…Odorcide 210 is the answer. This deodorizer is different than most for several reasons.
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Odorcide 210 is formulated for use in hotel rooms, public restrooms, daycares, schools and hospitals – strong enough for institutional use yet safe enough for home use. It’s available in several sizes so you can buy a small amount for home or a large amount for commercial use.
January 19, 2010 on 4:19 pm
ColorRize was chosen as a cost effective way to handle the aggresssive wear on the retail store’s floor. The wood floor, at Shu Uemura cosmetics, Bloomingdale’s, New York City, is challenged every day with heavy foot traffic. The store needed a way to improve the durability of this floor while maintaining style. They turned to Dr. Schutz ColorRize for use over their existing wood floor (saving time and money).
The job was completed in two days and the area did not need to be dismantled. Result is beautiful! See for yourself!
Dr. Schutz has a family of floorcare that works hand in hand with existing or new flooring materials to create durable, slip-resistant surfaces. For more information on Dr. Schutz products, go to www.SchutzNA. or call 1-877-272-4889 Sales x1.
January 13, 2010 on 4:20 pm
SchutzNA aka Dr. Schutz, commercial flooring finishes, has just begun to penetrate the North American Market and the first rumblings indicate success with an innovative group of flooring finishes designed to solve problems in high-traffic areas of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings while maintaining the integrity of the floor.
These products, WaxNoMor, SlipNoMor, MarkNoMor Finishes and ColorRize, each serve a unique purpose (the names say a lot) and can be applied to most types of hard surface flooring, new or existing, to reduce maintenance costs and improve performance.
Dr. Schutz flooring finishes are used to improve durability of a floor, change appearance, adhere to ADA requirements, reduce maintenance, improve slip resistance or increase longevity. Any or all of these often add up to savings and solutions for building owners and managers.
Dr. Schutz products are available on 1877floorguy.com or through a network of authorized commercial Distributors. Manufacturer certified Applicators are the only ones who should apply Dr. Schutz products because they have been professionally trained in the products’ use. These Applicators can be found throughout the US and Canada via the SchutzNA website or by calling 1-877-272-4889. Installations are currently underway in hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, warehouses, retail stores and restaurants throughout the US and Canada.
January 13, 2010 on 3:32 pm
Removing mold and bacteria does not have to involve corrosive, caustic chemicals!
Vital-Oxide kills bacteria and controls mold while at the same time the formula is gentle, safe in contact with skin and can be used on a variety of surfaces- fabrics, carpets (even wool), polyurethane wood floors, ceramic tile, laminate, sealed concrete, stainless steel, shower stalls, under sinks, in basements and crawl spaces and more–anywhere mold and bacteria is found. Vital-Oxide has even been proven to prevent mold on ceiling tiles for 7 months.
Vital-Oxide is a broad spectrum disinfectant cleaner that is EPA registered (USEPA #82972-1), colorless and odorless, contains no harmful by-products for the environment, no ozone harming VOC’s and is 100% biodegradable. No special handling is required because of the safe nature of this product.
The reason Vital-Oxide works so well is because it eliminates the source of odors. The uses are limitless because this product is safe for people, pets and the environment. Uses include Hospitals, Schools & Day Care, Restaurants, Hotels, Sports Equipment, HVAC Systems, Building Materials, Drip Irrigation Lines, Kennels, Auto Detail Shops and Households. Use it to clean up after pet urine, outbreak of flu or other illness, to eliminate mold and bacteria from sporting equipment, clean public bathrooms or athletic locker rooms, for general maintenance in a school during winter or spring break, in a hotel to disinfect linens during laundering.
To get down to some technical terms, Vital-Oxide is broad-spectrum antimicrobial that has been proven effective against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Norovirus, Legionella pneumophilia, and E. coli in testing conducted by certified independent laboratories under GLP conditions submitted to the USEPA. This disinfectant and mold remover performs against a wide variety of bacteria, yeasts, viruses, fungi, spores, molds, mildews, and other microbes. It is effective at low concentrations and over a wide pH range by creating a molecular free radical with a chlorine dioxide molecule that has one chlorine atom and two oxygen atoms which create a magnetic like attraction that seeks out electron donors and selectively oxidizes harmful bacteria and mold.
Chlorine dioxide (CLO2) and Chlorine both contain the same name however the by-products are vastly different from each other. Chlorine Dioxide, as in Vital-Oxide, is an environmentally sound alternative to chlorine bleach. Though both are oxidizing agents, the way they react with organic compounds is distinctively different. Vital-Oxide is not harmful if it comes into contact with a person’s skin and will not corrode the material to which it is applied.
Vital-Oxide is a super-effective, ecologically sound cleaner & odor eliminator, with proven broad-spectrum, anti-microbial action. Vital-Oxide is shelf stable for over one year & Ready To Use—no mixing required. Non-irritating to the skin and not corrosive to treated articles. Always test a small area for colorfastness before full use on fabrics or carpets.
December 16, 2009 on 6:25 pm
If you’ve recently installed a new residential Congoleum Vinyl Floor, there’s no doubt that you hope to keep it looking new for years to come. The bright and shiny “newness” can be maintained with proper care and maintenance. Let’s take a look at ways you can keep your vinyl floor looking sharp.
Following installation of your new vinyl floor it’s important not to disturb the seams. The amount of time you need to stay off the floor or limit traffic varies for the different Congoleum products and can range from 16 hours for Congoleum Resilient Sheet Vinyl to 48 hours for DuraCeramic, DuraStone and Resilient Tile Floors. Furniture and appliances should not be placed on the new floor for 24 – 48 hours. Detailed Care & Maintance for Congoleum Residential Vinyl on 1877Floorguy.com gives the cure time for all of the products in this line. This cure time allows the adhesive that seals the seams to harden and hold. Adhesive may not be completely dry before this time and moving furniture on the floor can cause the vinyl and adhesive to become compressed which could leave permanent compression marks. When you do move furniture, don’t push or pull items across the floor. Use plywood or furniture slides under heavy items to avoid scratching or tearing your new floor and carry lightweight pieces. Finally, wait a full 48 hours following installation before washing your new floor. When you do wash it, use Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner as recommended by the Manufacturer.
Ongoing maintenance is critical to maintaining that “new floor” look. Your Vinyl floors should be swept and mopped regularly. How often you sweep & mop depends on how much you use the vinyl floor. The idea is the keep it free from loose dirt and debris which can scratch the surface under foot traffic, dulling the finish. Sweeping will be more frequent than mopping. When you do mop your floor, Congoleum advises you to use Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner which has been specially formulated for use on Congoleum Vinyl. Following Manufacturer instructions for how to clean your floor and what to clean it with will keep it in excellent condition and will uphold your Warranty if you should have a claim. Avoid one-step “mop and polish” products, dishwashing liquids and oil-based cleaners that may leave a residue which can attract dirt and dull your floor’s finish. Avoid cleaners that contain abrasives or solvents which may permanently damage your floor.
Preventive Care will extend the life of your floor. More information can be found on 1877Floorguy.com under Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance. Here are some guidelines:
Place mats at outside entrances to prevent dirt, grit and soil from being tracked onto your floor. Use 100% latex- backed mats, because some rubber-backed mats or carpets may permanently stain your floor.
To help prevent staining from asphalt tracking (a frequent problem), use of a latex-based driveway sealer and remove shoes for a few weeks following the driveway sealing.
Draw drapes and blinds during peak periods of strong sunlight. Resilient floors, like other home furnishing products, may discolor or fade when overexposed to the sun.
Avoid wearing stiletto or spiked heels on your floor. These types of heels can indent or damage many types of floors.
Stains & spills should be wiped up right away. If a damp clean cloth is not enough to thoroughly cleanse the area, most stains can be removed by scrubbing the area with a small amount of concentrated Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner then rinse thoroughly (because it’s undiluted). More tips are available on 1877Floorguy.com.
Vinyl floors are very durable and last a long time when they are maintained with some degree of care however time and normal use will reduce the shine on even the most well maintained floor. When you notice your floor looking dull, even if it’s only in a high traffic area, you can restore shine with the use of a Vinyl Polish. Congoleum has two polishes for you to choose from depending on the finish you desire. Before applying Polish, you’ll need to remove any ground-in dirt and excess polish buildup with Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Polish Remover. Rinse thoroughly. Then apply Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Floor Polish to obtain a high-gloss finish or Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Satin-Gloss Floor Polish to obtain a satin-gloss or natural-gloss finish. If you choose high-gloss, keep in mind that, like any glossy surface, this will show all smudges and imperfections. Satin-gloss is the more popular of the two. Some Congoleum Flooring Materials require Polish immediately following installation. Check Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance on 1877Floorguy.com before applying to see when Polish is required on your vinyl floor.
Finally, keep an eye out for any compromised spots on the vinyl floor and treat them immediately. For tears or split seams cover the area immediately then contact the retail store where you purchased the floor or call a reputable flooring installer who specializes in hard-surface floors.
December 15, 2009 on 3:31 pm
Residential Flooring Manufacturers devote many dollars to developing floor care and maintenance products specific to the floor(s) they produce. These products are carefully formulated, for each type of flooring the manufacturer produces to leave the floor residue-free, maintain the integrity of the floor’s surface finish without compromising slip resistance or shine and it needs to be the safest possible for people, pets and the environment. Important? You bet!
Using the Manufacturer Recommended floor care & maintenance products on your new floor, in accordance with Manufacturer guidelines, will keep the floor you purchased looking great and it will uphold the Warranty on your floor if you should have a claim. The big question has long been, “Where can I buy the product recommended by the Manufacturer?”
The flooring industry has a missing link when it comes to selling floor care & maintenance products. The flooring industry’s distribution chain, that has been in place for as long as I can remember, is from Manufacturer to Distributor to Retailer. This works like a well-oiled machine for flooring materials. Distributors buy in bulk from Manufacturers and the Retailers order from their Distributor to manage the amount of material they need to inventory. Since this works for flooring materials, it should also work for floor care & maintenance products, right? Wrong.
More often than not, Retailers don’t carry the care & maintenance products that Manufacturers require to uphold their flooring Warranties. The truth is that they likely did when they first brought on the line of flooring because the Manufacturer probably had a spiffy display that was offered for the Care & Maintenance Products as part of their kick-off package however, when that initial supply was depleted, they never replenished the stock. This happens for several reasons.
Flooring Retailers & Distributors have their focus on flooring materials, not care & maintenance products, because flooring material is their primary business and where most of their profits are generated. When they do try to track down the care & maintenance products they find that the Manufacturer is also more focused on the flooring products and they are not always able to obtain the care & maintenance products because their Distributor has trouble procuring them from the Manufacturer. You can see this doesn’t go very far in getting the products to the End Users.
You won’t find the Manufacturer Recommended Floor Care Products in Big box stores either because there is not enough in volume sales for them. Each flooring product in the marketplace has approximately 3 floor care product sku’s (each item has a unique sku) associated with it. Multiply this by the hundreds of flooring products out there and the total equals too many different products for a big box store that focuses on high volume and low cost.
The result- Customers, who buy new floors, become frustrated and may turn to easily available generic floor care products to maintain their new floor. This often backfires because the generic product may leave a cloudy film, etch the finish, create too much moisture, stain or dull the original shine. Depending on the product- cleaner, polish, stain remover, refresher, etc- the result of the generic product may or may not be reversible. Situations like this often wind up as Claims filed with the Manufacturer because the Customer believes the floor to be defective. They rarely see a Claim settle in their favor if they haven’t followed the Manufacturer’s care & maintenance guidelines. If only they could find the floor care products recommended by the Manufacturer to uphold their warranty…
This is where the specialty e-store fills the missing link. 1877Floorguy.com carries over 1000 sku’s, specializing in Manufacturer recommended Floor Care & Maintenance Products. This website has such a large selection of Manufacturers and Products, organized by type of floor and by Manufacturer, that you will likely find the exact item you are looking for along with helpful tips or advise on how to use it. If you don’t find the answer on the website, call 1-877-Floorguy and one of the staff members, each has been doing this for 8+ years, will answer your questions and guide you with expertise. If you don’t see the product you’re looking for, ask! because 1877Floorguy.com is adding new products all the time. Best of all, most products are in stock and ready to ship next business day.
Hopefully more Retailers will recognize that they can guide their Customers to 1877Floorguy.com to buy maintenance & care products for their new floor. This will make their Customers happy and they’ll go back to that Retailer again for new floors. We’ll never compete for the flooring materials business because our specialty is the products to keep floors clean and maintained.
It has taken some convincing, within the industry, but Manufacturers are beginning to see the importance of breaking the supply chain mold to better serve the end users.
December 4, 2009 on 5:42 pm
As a Yahoo! Store, 1877Floorguy.com participates in Customer Surveys that gauge the quality of service and products we provide to our Customers.
We are proud to say that 1877Floorguy.com rated Excellent and Good by 96% of our Customers that participated in the Survey. Of the 96% Excellent and Good Ratings, 80% were Excellent! Based on 2,000 Customers surveys we are pleased to see that our Customers find value in the service and products we provide. Here are a few comments from our Customers…
Jacqueline in NY wrote, “Floor Guy’s delivery was faster than lightning! Also, the customer service number is placed on each item, just in case of questions, problems, etc. What a great idea! I will not hesitate to buy from Floor Guy again.”
Patricia in MN wrote, “It was very easy to order and my purchase came quickly. I was kept informed of my order until it arrived. I would order from them again.”
Jay in CA wrote, “I purchase a supply of floor polish every few months. I keep on going back to the same place because everything goes smoothly. The price is right, and the service is excellent.”
1877Floorguy.com has been an internet retailer, selling floor care products, for more than 9 years. Our employees have, on average, 25 years of experience in the flooring business. With such a depth of experience behind each employee at 1877Floorguy.com we are able to serve our customers well because we know flooring products and how to care for them. Often we hear from Customers like Nicholas in PA who said,
At 1877Floorguy.com we continue to grow our floor care product lines because we know that most Flooring Retailers and Big Box Stores do not stock a wide range of products to care for the floors they sell. This makes it difficult for individuals to locally find and purchase manufacturer recommended floor care products that uphold their flooring warranty. June in FL had just this experience. When she ordered from 1877Floorguy.com she had this to say,
Currently, we stock more than 1,000 sku’s (each item has a unique sku), and continue to add products to our offering, making 1877Floorguy.com the largest retailer of manufacturer recommended floor care products in North America.
Our customers are valuable! With over 60,000 customers in North America, 1877Floorguy.com strives to keep each and every one happy so they’ll do business with us again and again. We consistently ship orders next business day (When occasionally products are out of stock we keep in touch with our customer so they know the status of their order up to the time it ships.), we have knowledgeable Customer Service ready to help M-F, 9a-5p EST. Customer can call with questions about floor care or to place orders at 1-877-356-6748 (1-877-Floorguy).
November 23, 2009 on 6:08 pm
Kährs has achieved market leadership for the quality of their wood floors and the woodloc® joint system. In order to uphold their quality standards, Kährs has developed a line of Wood Floor Care Products that allows consumers to maintain the beauty and quality of their Kährs Wood Floors.
Kährs Wood Floors are mainly pre-finished “floating” floors, where the stain and finish have been applied in the factory. These pre-finished, floating floors, with the woodloc® joint system, give consumers an innovative, quality option to traditional wood floors that is easier to install because the “floating” floor boards bond to each other, side by side, rather than to the subfloor and since the boards are pre-finished no sand & finish is required in the field as part of the installation. Once the floors are laid, they just need to be cleaned with the Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner. The most economical way to get started with this Manufacturer Recommended Cleaner is to purchase the Kährs Microfiber Wood Floor Care Kit.
Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner is specially formulated to clean and remove dulling residue on no-wax wood finishes. Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner dries clear with no streaking and, because it removes cloudy residue from the floor, gives an impression of enhancing a floor’s shine even though this cleaner is not a polish and contains no waxes or oils. The first cleaning for a Kährs Wood Floor should be immediately following installation. First, sweep and dust the floor to remove all dirt and debris then use the materials provided in the Kährs Microfiber Wood Floor Care Kit. -Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner & Microfiber Mop w/Cover- to clean the floor. Spray the floor with Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner, approximately one 4’x4’ area at a time, then rub into the floor with the Microfiber Mop. Allow to air dry. The Kit also includes Felt Floor Protectors with adhesive backs to apply to the bottom of chair legs, table legs, etc. These Floor Protectors are inexpensive and will save your floor from lots of scratches, so make it a priority to get more if you need them and change them periodically, when they look worn or very dirty. One additional item you may want to have is a Microfiber Dusting Pad, which fits onto the Mop (included in the Kit), to easily dust the floor before cleaning.
For continued maintainance of your Kährs Wood Floor, sweep or vacuum the floor frequently to prevent dirt, dust and grit from scratching or dulling its finish and keep mats by doorways to prevent grit from getting into the room. Periodically clean the entire floor with Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner to remove cloudy residue or dulling dirt-film layers. In the event of a spill, immediately blot up spills or spots with a lightly damp (well-wrung) cloth then spray soiled area with Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner and wipe with a clean dry cloth.
Kährs Wood Floor Cleaner is non-toxic, non-flammable, highly transparent, effective and safe for use around children and pets.
Kährs Wood Floors are tough but they aren’t indestructible. Most problems can be prevented with proper care and maintenance and by following a few simple rules:
No matter how carefully you treat your floor, accidents do happen. Dropped packages, equipment and other things can dent or scratch any wood floor. Kährs has designed easy-to-use Touch-Up Kits so you can make minor repairs yourself. Touch-Up Kits are available to match each flooring color and come with detailed use instructions.
Over time, your floor may look dull, depending on how much traffic it sees. There is a way to restore its shine and luster without full-blown refinishing. Bona X carries a Wood Floor Refresher Kit This is not a refinisher but will conceal much wear and tear that takes place on a wood floor. The Bona X Refresher is a waterborne polyurethane maintenance coating that fills tiny scratches to restore the shine and luster of the wood. This is a do it yourself process that applies easily when you follow the instructions included with the product. The Bona X Refresher Kit includes the following Bona X products: 32 oz. Spray bottle of Hardwood Floor Cleaner, 32 oz. bottle of Hardwood Refresher, Microfiber Mop with a 4″x15″ Microfiber Cleaning Pad, Microfiber Dusting Pad and a Microfiber Floor Cleaning Cloth for spot cleaning. Bona X Refresher can be purchased separately for subsequent uses but to get started with the right pads, cleaner and Refresher, you can’t beat the price of the Bona X Refresher Kit.
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