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Frequently Asked Questions About Care and Maintenance

We carry Bona Cleaning products at our shop in Downers Grove, along with different size felt tips to meet your needs. Stop in and pick one up if you’re looking for an easy and reliable way to keep your floor in tip-top shape. Online ordering coming soon! 

Floor Cleaning 101

The fundamentals for longevity of your flooring is up-keep. Regular dry sweeping and vacuuming keep the crumbs and harsh elements from over whelming your floor. Placing mats and area rugs help keep mud, dirt, and small rocks from tracking all over the house. Felt tips are an easy solution for protecting your floor from furniture. Attach the felt tips to the bottom legs of your chairs, sofas, and tables to prevent scratches. Spill? Clean ASAP. Hair spray having a hard time being contained to the bathroom title and has invaded your vinyl flooring? A small amount of shampoo mixed with water will clear that up. 

Mild is the key word to keep in mind while looking for ways to clean your floor. As most hardwood professional would suggest, less water is best. Think ‘damp’ not ‘wet’ when it comes to mopping. Stay away from wax based cleaning especially on polyurethane finishes. First, be sure to ‘crumb clear’ your area with a broom, microfiber cloth, or vacuum before adding the mop into your work. While mopping try to go with the direction of your flooring grain for the best results. Once your sweeping and damp mopping are finished, it is time to buff. Buffing with a soft cloth in circular motions after the floor is mostly dried will give your floor the shine you desire.


We offer and recommend the trusted name of Bona cleaning products to for your floors.  


How are polyurethane or other surface finishes maintained?

Surface finishes like polyurethane require only simple care. Just dustmop, sweep, or vacuum regularly. When cleaning no longer restores shine, recoat the floor with a surface finish. The frequency of recoating depends on the amount of traffic. Never wax a surface-finished floor, and never use vinyl or tile floor care products on any wood floor.


Can cleaning products for vinyl or tile floors be used on wood floors as well?

No. Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. And never use self-polishing acrylic waxes on wood floors. These waxes cause wood to become slippery and dull. In this case, the floor must be sanded and refinished.


Can a wood floor be damp-mopped?

When cleaning a surface-finished floor, follow the manufacturer's recommendations. You may generally use a dampened (near dry) mop to maintain a wood floor; however excessive moisture will cause damage. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discoloring residue. If water spills on a wood floor, immediately wipe it up with a clean cloth.


How can I prevent scratches on wood flooring?

Place mats and throw rugs at doorways to help protect wood floors from grit, dirt and sand. Place felt pads under furniture legs and vacuum/dust your wood floor regularly. To move around the heavy items in your home it is suggested to a lay plywood path for protection.


A-1 Floor Store, Inc.

938-B Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove

630-852-6490 & A1floorsanding@att.net



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A-1 Hardwood Flooring, Inc.
938-B Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

M-F 9 am - 4 pm

SAT 10 am -2 pm

Phone: 630-852-6490

Email: a1floorsanding@att.net

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