Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance will help ensure your floor always looks its best. Simply follow the maintenance steps and floor care tips outlined below.

Initial Care

Following installation, clean with Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Floor Cleaner. If the floor was glued down, remove any residual adhesive with the appropriate adhesive remover.

Ongoing Routine Care and Maintenance
  • Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor once a week, or more if needed. The vacuum head must be brush or felt, and a wand attachment is preferable. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. A Bruce hardwood floor swivel-head mop with terry cloth cover is also highly recommended to eliminate finer particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
  • Spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped up immediately. For spot cleaning, apply Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Floor Cleaner onto a clean cloth and rub onto the spot. Never apply wax treatments to your urethane-coated floor.
  • Periodically, as necessary, thoroughly clean the floor with Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Floor Cleaner and a Bruce" hardwood floor swivel-head mop with terry cloth cover. Spray the floor cleaner directly onto the floor or dampen the swivel-head mop and apply. DO NOT allow excess Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Floor Cleaner to remain on the floor's surface. Excess liquid may damage the fiber of the wood.
  • Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the floor.
  • Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high-traffic areas. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
  • Never clean or wet mop with water. Water may permanently damage the floor.
  • Never use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar.Many of these products can pit or etch the finish of your flooring or prevent the proper use of recommended maintenance materials.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches.
  • Do not damage your floor with shoes having heel taps or sharp objects protruding from the sole such as rocks, exposed nails and gravel. Avoid walking on wood floors with spike- or stiletto-heeled shoes. Spike or stiletto high-heels must be properly maintained to prevent damage from the steel heel support.
  • Do not roll or slide heavy objects directly upon the floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, consider laying a solid protective covering on your floor and gently "walk" the item across it. Carpet or cardboard is not adequate to prevent surface compression scratches.
  • Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture and make certain to keep them clean and well maintained.
  • Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and UV resistant film on large glass doors and windows.

Quick Fix Tips

Spots Caused by Food, Water or Animals

  • Apply Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
  • Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
  • More stubborn spots may require additional cleaning with Bruce Clean 'n' Strip, followed by cleaning with Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Floor Cleaner.

Grease/Lipstick/Crayon/Ink Spots/Rubber Heel Marks

  • Apply Bruce® Dura-Luster® No-Wax Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
  • Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
  • If stain remains, rub with a cloth dampened with Bruce® Clean 'n' Strip and follow by cleaning the area with Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Floor Cleaner.

Chewing Gum, Candle Wax

  • Apply a sealed plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit.
  • Wait until deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off.
  • After deposit has been removed, clean entire area with Bruce Dura-Luster No-Wax Cleaner.

Minor Abrasions/Scratches

  • Use Bruce Touch-Up Kit in smaller areas.
  • Apply Bruce Fresh Finish™ or Fresh Finish Low Gloss when larger areas are reconditioned. Deep Scratches/Gouges
  • Individual planks, strips or parquets that are heavily gouged or damaged can be replaced.
  • If needed, the entire floor can be refurbished by applying one or more coats of Bruce Fresh Finish or Fresh Finish Low Gloss.
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