You’ve been considering investing in a new floor, one that seamlessly fits both your lifestyle and personality. As you begin the search for beautiful wood flooring you realize there are a considerable amount of options. Various terms are tossed around, one of them being ‘maintenance floor.’ What exactly is a maintenance floor?
A maintenance floor is precisely what it sounds like- flooring that requires regular care, similar to the maintenance of any other floor. The difference is the use of a specialized soap. Periodic cleaning and maintenance will make sanding and refinishing your wood floor unnecessary. With proper care maintenance floors will last a lifetime; they are an extraordinary investment for your home.
Compared to your standard ‘urethane’ finished floors, maintenance floors are finished with oil that contains hardening agents. The coats of oil applied to the wood penetrate many layers down and form a barrier against wear and dirt. As opposed to a urethane finish that merely sits on top of the wood, oils work from the inside out to protect your floors against damage.
Normal cleaning is easy using WOCA soap. Simply mix with warm water and mop the floor periodically. As the floor is being cleaned, it is also given added protection against wear and tear. The soap contains soy and coconut fats which dry as an invisible surface on the floor to give it added protection with every use.
An incredible characteristic maintenance floors possess is the ability to spot repair. Using a specialized WOCA “Spot Remover,” you are able to lift pesky stains easily. Spray the spot with the remover, and scrub with cotton cloth (oil may need to be reapplied after). This technique proves to be significantly easier than completely refinishing your floors.
Normal wear and tear, such as small scratches and indentations do not show up nearly as much as on a floor with a urethane finish. After installation, your maintenance floor will continuously look better with every soaping. Needless to say, both visually and structurally maintenance floors have astonishing characteristics to offer and are well worth the investment.
WOCA Soaping Instructions: Woodwrights Wide Plank Flooring
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What you will need:
- 1 Mop
- WOCA soap
- 2 Buckets (w/ approx. 1gal. lukewarm water ea.)
1. Natural Soap White is shaken carefully before use.
2. Mix a cleaning solution with 1/4 cup Natural Soap per gallon of lukewarm water. It is recommended always to work with 2 buckets: one with soapy water and one with rinse water.
3. Clean the floor with minimum quantity of water – leave soapy water on floor briefly in order
to dissolve dirt.
4. Remove dirty soapy water with hard wrung out mop or cloth and rinse out in bucket of rinse water.
5. Always wipe floor with soapy water with hard wrung out mop in order to re-establish the protective Natural Soap film.
6. Leave to dry.