Although today’s hardwood flooring is highly resistant to staining, you may encounter the need to clean a spot or spill so it does not become a problem:
- Promptly wipe up any spills with a clean, white cloth or paper towel to avoid staining.
- Remove spots and residues with only a clean, white cloth dampened with warm water or an approved hard surface cleaner such as FloorCare Essentials. Buff dry with a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
- Do not use waxes, soaps or household cleaners that contain lemon oil, tung oil or ammonia.
- For hard-to-remove stains, such as ink, crayon, nail polish and cigarette burns, dampen a clean, white cloth or paper towel with mineral spirits* and rub the spot until clean. Repeat this process, if necessary until the stain has been eliminated. Remove all residue with warm water and buff dry with a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
- For problems such as chewing gum, candle wax or dried-on food, allow them to harden and gently scrape with a dull knife or plastic scraper (such as a credit card) to remove. Ice may be helpful in accelerating the hardening process. Once the piece(s) have been removed, clean any remaining residue with a clean white cloth dampened with warm water or approved hard surface cleaner such as FloorCare Essentials. Rinse and buff dry with a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
*Note that mineral spirits are flammable, use only as directed.