How to Care for Reclaimed Hardwood Floors

Just because the reclaimed wood you have installed in your space has withstood the test of time and the elements, that doesn’t mean you get to skip out on taking care of it. The key to maintaining wood flooring (reclaimed or not) is proper and consistent care and maintenance.

Dirt and grit are the primary causes of ending up with a dull finish and abrasions to both the finish and the wood.

Before diving into the cleaning of your floor, it’s important to know and understand how the floor is finished. Most floors by Real Antique Wood will have either a water-base polyurethane, paste wax or oil-modified wax finish applied.

Before you begin the deep cleaning dust mop with a microfiber pad to grab larger pieces of dust and dirt. Depending on the type of finish you have, we recommend the following to ensure a clean and healthy-looking floor:

Water-Base Maintenance

Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner - The unique and effective formulation provides a complete clean by gently and effectively removing dust, dirt and grime, all while being safe for use in your home and around your family.

Oil Modified/Paste Wax Cleaning

Bona Professional Series Natural Oil Floor Cleaner - A professional strength, non-toxic, waterborne cleaner formulated for natural penetrating oiled floors.

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Aside from the regular usage of the cleaning products mentioned above, sweep, dust, mop, vacuum or wipe the floor with a slightly dampened rag at least once per week. It’s also recommended to apply a recoat every few years (depending on the foot and paw traffic) to keep floors in tip-top shape.

A few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Use caution when applying water to wood flooring – excessive water will damage wood flooring.
  • Do not use rubber, foam-back, or plastic mats as they may discolor the floor.
  • Protect the bottoms of chairs, tables, couches, cabinets, and other heavy objects with felt glides.