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New York Flooring Maintenance

By following these three easy steps, you can enjoy the beauty and warmth of your wood flooring for a lifetime.  Proper care and maintenance will preserve the luster of the floor’s polyurethane finish and help the topcoat finish protect the wood beneath.


General cleaning of your wood floors is recommended once every 1-2 weeks.  Floors subjected to heavy traffic should be cleaned on a more frequent basis.


For easy, safe, customer-friendly maintenance of your wood floor, we recommend Bona Kemi Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit.  The kit includes a specially designed mop, a spray bottle of Bona Kemi Hardwood Floor Cleaner, a washable terry cloth mop cover and a complete instruction booklet.  The kits can be purchased Eastside Floor Supplies located at 124 East 124th Street or any other floor supply store or online at



Always vacuum, sweep, or drymop to remove dirt or grit prior to cleaning your wood floors.



Lightly mist an 8′ x 8′ area of your wood floor, or directly mist the terry cloth cover.



Using a back and forth motion and following the flooring board lengths, clean the floor with your mop or with a clean, soft cloth.  Finish one area before moving on to the next.  When your terry cloth cover or cloth becomes soiled, replace with clean ones.  Continued use of soiled covers or cloths may cause streaking.  Your terry cloth covers are reusable.  Simply wash and dry them as you would any toweling.


  • Vacuum, sweep, or drymop your hardwood floor regularly
  • Remove spills promptly.  When a wet spill occurs, soak up the liquid promptly. Mist the affected area with Bona Floor Cleaner and clean with your mop or a clean, soft cloth.  Use a vacuum or broom for dry spills and abrasives.
  • Place mats at exterior doors to trap sand and grit from incoming traffic.
  • Use area rugs on high traffic pathways and pivot areas: at ends of steps, near doorways etc.  All rugs should allow floors to breathe.  Avoid rubber backed or non-ventilated rugs.
  • Install floor guards on the “feet” of furniture, especially chairs.
  • Maintain the relative humidity in your home between 30% and 60%.  Excessive humidity can cause wood fibers to swell resulting in cupping on the face of the material and cracks in the wood and the finish. Low humidity will cause shrinking of the material, slight crowning on the face the boards, inconsistent gapping and spacing throughout the wood floor.
  • Renew a worn surface with a new screen and recoat polyurethane finish before the wood is exposed.


  • Do not let sand, grit or dirt build up.  They can act like sandpaper and actually abrade, dull, and scratch the floor finish.
  • Never damp mop a wood floor.  Excessive amounts of water can cause your wood floor to swell and cup.
  • Avoid walking on wood floors in high heels.
  • Keep pets’ claws properly trimmed to avoid excessive scratches and gouges.
Do not use wax, oil soap or other household detergents or cleaners on your polyurethane finished wood floors.  The use of these products will dull today’s floor finishes and make refinishing difficult.