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What to Clean Hardwood Floors With

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

From the amount of advice out there on what to clean hardwood floors with, it would seem like there are as many products that can be used to clean your floor as there are varieties of wood species. However, this is definitely not the case. You should be very careful when choosing a product with which to clean your hardwood floor. Many so-called tips and tricks can actually be very harmful to your wood floor. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over a number of things you shouldn’t use to clean a hardwood floor, and then we’ll talk about what is safe to use. Read on to make sure you’re treating your hardwood floor right!


Your Wood Floor Cleaning Schedule

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

You know what they say about habits. It’s hard to get into them, but once you get into a rhythm, it’s hard to break it. That’s why now is a great time to try to get into the habit of wood floor cleaning on a regular basis. Making a cleaning schedule for your wood floors is the best way to get yourself into habit of regular cleaning. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the ideal wood floor cleaning schedule, as well as a few important cleaning tips.



Hardwood Floor in the Kitchen

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Many times when people think of flooring in their kitchen, they picture tile due to its resistance to spills and simple cleaning. Although, what homeowners may not know is that the right hardwood flooring in your kitchen can be just as durable, and even longer lasting. Also, hardwood floor has the advantage of being a flooring choice that can help blend your kitchen with the rest of your home.



Top Cleaning Tips for your Hardwood Floor

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Hardwood Floor Maintenance After spending the time and money to install a new hardwood floor, you want your finished product to last you a long time. Daily maintenance of your hardwood floor will ensure its longevity, however most schedules won’t permit owners to clean and maintain their floors like they should. So when time finally allows you to give your hardwood floor the cleaning it deserves, keep these things in mind:

  1. Use products that work best on your type of hardwood floor. Determine which type of sealant was used for your floor; surface-sealed (poly-acrylic, polyurethane, urethane) or unfinished which include penetrating seals, shellac, oil seals, and varnish. Based on the type of floor you have will determine the products you use. Read labels to ensure the product will not damage your floor.
  2. Stay away from products that, though cheaper, will harm your hardwood floor. Products like beach, abrasive chemicals, oil-based soaps, and acidic products can cause scratches to your floor while leaving it slippery and dull in appearance.
  3. Never use water on a surface-sealed hardwood floor, it will cause damage. If your floor is able to be mopped, avoid over-wetting your mop head. Only use a mop head that is damp, clean, and soft. Make sure to mop with the grain of your hardwood floor, this will prevent snags.
  4. If you choose to vacuum your hardwood floor, use one that has a felt head or brush. This will prevent dents and marks. Be aware of the wheels on your vacuum to ensure they don’t make marks as you move.

Knowing quick techniques to take care of accidental spills and spots will also come in handy when cleaning your hardwood floors. Use a bag of ice to clean chewing gum or candle wax from your floor; wait for the substance to become brittle so you can clean it up easily. Baking soda with a damp sponge will help remove scuff marks. If something greasy should fall on your floor, use a commercial cleaner on surface-sealed flooring or clean with a damp sponge and wax for other flooring.  Adding rugs and floor mats throughout your rooms with hardwood flooring will help to catch dirt and dust in high traffic areas in your home. Avoid rubber backed mats when choosing mats for your home; these can trap water and cause damage to your hardwood floors.

When professional help is needed to clean and maintain your hardwood floor, call Signature Hardwood Floors. After we have installed your new hardwood floors, let us assist you in keeping your floors in top shape.  Call us at (410)-415-0755 or fill out our online form today. Follow us today on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.




How Finish Affects Hardwood Floor Care

Friday, September 20th, 2013

There are several different styles of finishes for hardwood floors, each of which with their own unique characteristics. Consequently, when you clean your wood floor you have to take into consideration what kind of finish it has. The type of wood on the other hand is inconsequential. In order to tell what kind of finish you have, rub your finger on the floor. If it doesn’t smudge, this means the floor is surface sealed. If it does smudge, this means the floor was waxed after having been treated with a seal, oil, shellac, varnish, or lacquer which penetrated the floor.


Surface-sealed wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane, or polyacrylic. Most new wood floors are sealed this way. These floors have the advantage of being stain and water-damage resistant. They are also the easiest to clean. All you need to do is sweep, mop, and you’re good to go.


Penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated wood floors use a seal or oil finish that soaks into the wood grain and hardens to protect the wood. This type of floor is more difficult to clean as it must be protected with liquid or paste wax. Shellacked, varnished, and lacquered floors share these characteristics. In order to clean these floors, just sweep and vacuum, don’t use water. Once or twice a year you can strip the old wax and apply a fresh coat to give the floor a new sheen.



Signature Hardwood Floors has been servicing the entire Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania areas since July of 2004. With more than twenty years of experience, we offer top quality products and exceptional craftsmanship. We are licensed and insured for both residential and commercial projects.

In addition, we are a recognized member of the National Wood Flooring Association, noted for our staff’s regular participation in continuing education programs on wood flooring. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is proficient in new installation, refinishing, repairs, stain applications, oil and water base poly, and restorations. This expertise enables us to provide you, the customer, with the best results at an affordable price.

Contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. to help you determine which type of hardwood flooring is best for you. Contact us by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

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How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors By Finish Types

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Do you know how to properly clean your hardwood floors? If you are not sure, we are here to help! Read below for some great hardwood floor cleaning tips!

 Determine the Finish

Before you even touch a bucket of water or a mop, find out how your wood floor is sealed. You should do this because the finish, not your wood type, determines how you should properly clean and care for your hardwood flooring.

Surface-sealed floors

Newer wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. These types of wood floors are stain and water-damage resistant. They are also the easiest to care and clean. All you have to do to clean them is sweep and mop.

 Penetrating-seal treated and oil-treated floors

A penetrating seal or oil finish soaks into the wood grain and hardens your flooring. You should clean this type of flooring with liquid or paste wax.

 Lacquered, varnished, shell lacked and untreated floors

 Lacquers, varnishes, and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture, spills and wear as sealants. Keeping this in mind, treat these types of wood floors the same, as you would penetrating-seal treated and oil-treated floors.

 Not sure of your finish type?

 If you cannot tell the difference between the finishes, rub your finger across the floor. If no smudge appears, the floor is surface sealed. If you do create a smudge, the floors has been treated with penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then waxed.

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If you have any questions, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

Our mission statement is simple: stay small, personal, and in control of our work, all to ensure that you receive the best job possible! We have a passion for this industry.

You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn as well!