Wooden floors are elegant and classy in any place. Whether they are present in a commercial building or at home, they give the place a stunning appearance. To keep these wooden panels looking good, one would need to maintain and polish the floors regularly.
- Remove all the furniture. Try to avoid scraping the furniture against the panels to prevent further damage. Stick fabric under the feet to protect the wood in the future.
- Vacuum the floors to rid the wood of any loose debris and dust. You will find it easier to apply the polish if all residues have been removed.
- It is good to know the type of material the floor is made of so that you know what products can be used. If your floor has perished polish or lacquer, you will need to strip it down to apply the new and stronger coat of the desired polish or wax to give the material a protective coating.
- Avoid mopping a floor that has been waxed. Rather sweep and vacuum to clean it.
- You will need to use the correct polish on the floor. If it has a polyurethane finish you would need to use a water based product for the best results.
- It is crucial to read the instructions on the packaging. Products vary and some may have specific chemicals that need to be applied a certain way. In some cases, you will have to wash and sand down the floor before you apply the polish.
- If you are trying a new product, test the chemical on a small section of the floors. Some products could discolour the wood and it is always important to test what the material can handle. Discolouration could occur immediately and further usage of this polish should be stopped.
- The package usually tells you how to apply the polish. Most times, circular motions are the best way to get streak free finishes. You may either have to apply the polish to a cloth before application or you can apply the polish directly to the floor. Some products are not as strong when in initial contact with oxygen.
- Overlap the circular strokes as this could also provide you with a smoother and more professional clean.
- Work your way from the door, around the room and back to the door. Working in this direction will allow you to leave the room once done without having to walk over the wet polish.
- Waxed floors will need thinner layers as the polish will take longer to dry. This application will have to be done over time as two to three coats will have to be applied.
Commercial businesses usually have a larger area to maintain, in these cases, you might need bulk packs of the polish which you could get at a wholesale supplier.