Hardwood floors need to be cleaned and maintained with care and consideration. Keeping your floors clean and clear of dirt and grime will help keep your floors looking beautiful and lasting a lifetime. The most important consideration is water. Never, ever, ever use a wet mop when cleaning your floors. Swifters and damp cloths are the only cleaning methods that should be used. Below are detailed recommendations for each Madera finish type.


GENERAL MAINTENANCE

Madera floors can last a lifetime if they are well maintained and protected. A few simple steps can lead to long-lasting and beautiful floors without much maintenance.

  • Place walk-off mats at all entrances to help collect dirt and debris.
  • Install felt floor protectors underneath all furniture.
  • Do not allow people to wear spiked heels on the floor, which will damage even the hardest wood floors.
  • Pet claws should be properly trimmed at all times.
  • Work boots and shoes that may have pebbles lodged in the soles should be removed prior to entering.
  •  Sweep or vacuum frequently.
  • Clean floors using Swifers and non-abrasive and caustic products (i.e. Bona/WOCA Cleaner or similar)
  • Never wet mop or use saturated rags to clean your new floors. Water can seriously damage the wood and finish.
  • All mats or rugs should be cleaned on a regular basis. They should also be moved occasionally to allow natural color changes caused by light to occur evenly in all areas.

SPECIFIC CARE

UV POLY
Madera UV poly finishes offer the most protection for your floors. The 7 layers of durable acrylic creates a sealed top coat that does not allow water or other liquids to penetrate and stain. These finishes do not wear easily with regular foot traffic. A UV poly cannot be re coated like the UV oils and should not be cleaned or conditioned with WOCA product. If a UV poly floor needs to be re-coated the floor surface must be buffed or sanded to strip the top layer of acrylic before coating the floor with a top coat.  Cleaning a UV poly floor is easy and most cleaning product can be used as long as any liquid or moisture is removed quickly. No wet moping! Never wet mop a wood floor! 

MADERA RECOMMENDS
Bona Floor Cleaner Floor Cleaning alternative for daily use. Does not condition floor

UV OIL
The quality and longevity of your UV oil finished floors depend on proper maintenance and care. Madera floors finished with a UV oil should be cleaned with specialty conditioning soaps and on occasion re coated with oil to bring out its original luster. Oil finishes can be recoated without sanding or buffing floors, the more coats added to the floor the higher the level of protection and the healthier the floor in general. No wet moping! Never wet mop a floor! 

MADERA RECOMMENDS
WOCA Master Soap To be used during regular floor cleaning
WOCA Oil Refresher Apply 3-4 times a year
WOCA Maintenance Oil Yearly use of when floors being to wear
Bona Floor Cleaner Floor Cleaning alternative for daily use. Does not condition floor

HAND APPLIED OILS
The quality and longevity of a Madera Hand Applied oil finish depends on proper maintenance and care. Madera floors finished on site with or in advance with a hard wax oil should be cleaned with specialty conditioning soaps and on occasion re coated with oil to bring out its original luster. Oil finishes can be recoated without sanding or buffing floors, the more coats added to the floor the higher the level of protection and the healthier the floor in general. Make sure floors are clean and clear of dust and grease before using conditioning soaps or oils. No wet moping! Never wet mop a wood floor! 

MADERA RECOMMENDS
WOCA Master Soap To be used during regular floor cleaning
WOCA Oil Refresher Apply 3-4 times a year
WOCA Maintenance Oil Yearly use of when floors being to wear
Bona Floor Cleaner Floor Cleaning alternative for daily use. Does not condition floor