Wood Floors, Tile & Grout Care
The following cleaning and maintenance tips apply to wood floors sealed and finished with a clear protective coating such as polyurethane or factory pre-finished UV coatings.
General cleaning of wood floors is recommended once every 1-2 weeks. Floors subject to heavy traffic should be cleaned on a more frequent basis. For easy, safe maintenance of your wood floor, we recommend a Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit. Most kits contain a specially designed mop, a 32 or 24 oz hardwood floor cleaning solution, and a washable terry cloth mop cover.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit Instructions
• Vacuum or sweep
• Always vacuum or sweep to remove dirt and any grit prior to cleaning your wood floors.
• Lightly mist a 6' x 6' area of your wood floor, or directly mist the mop?s terry cloth cover.
• Wipe – Using a back and forth motion, clean the floor surfaces with your mop or clean terry cloth. Finish an area before moving on to the next. The mop?s low profile and easy-to-maneuver swivel-head makes it a perfect cleaning tool for hard-to-reach areas such as under furniture and cabinets, around doors, or in tight corners. When your terry cloth cover becomes soiled, replace it with a clean one. Continued use of excessively soiled covers may cause streaking. Most of the terry cloths in today's market are reusable. Simply wash and dry them as you would any towel. When a spill occurs, soak up the liquid promptly; mist the affected area with Hardwood Floor Cleaner and wipe with a mop or a clean, soft cloth.
Keep your floor clean! Grit tracked in under your feet ruins the surface of wood floors, and any other flooring material, faster than anything else. No grit, no damage.
Three Steps to Help Maintain Your Hardwood Floor
1. Blot up spills immediately.
2. Dust mop floors using an untreated mop and proper Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
3. Use doormats and walk-off mats whenever possible to keep dirt and grit off the floor.
Avoid the following with hardwood floors
* DO NOT use powder cleaners or soft cream cleaners (Soft Scrub)
* DO NOT use mold removers (Tile X, X14, etc.) or disinfectants (Lysol).
* DO NOT use furniture polish (Pledge, Jubilee, Endust).
Tile and Grout
General cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone or tile are never recommended. These can breakdown the sealer, thereby removing its protective properties and making the stone and tile grout susceptible to stains. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can etch away the polish, discolor the surface, or even scratch your stone. Many cleaners have what is called a chelating agent in them. This agent breaks down and dissolves minerals in hard water. Since all stone is made up of minerals, these types of cleaners will dissolve and cause streaks over prolonged use.
Ceramic Tile & Grout
Ceramic tile and grout is man-made clay fired material. Glazed ceramic tile does not normally require any protective treatment. It is the glaze itself that gives the tile its excellent protection and resistance to the absorption of dirt. Many of the new ceramic tiles in today’s market are manufactured to look like real stone. JNR offers tile and grout cleaning and sealing. For best results, have your ceramic tile and grout sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner.
Quarry Tile & Pavers Brick
Quarry tiles are an unglazed ceramic material. They are particularly well suited for exterior paving due to their low absorption and resistance to freezing. This type of floor is one of the most durable on the market today. JNR offers cleaning or stripping along with sealing or a wax finish. For best results, have your quarry tile & pavers brick sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner like StoneTech Professional™ Stone and Tile Cleaner
Limestone is similar to marble in that it is sensitive to acids and household cleaners containing chelating agents. It varies in hardness and sometimes will have fossil imprints. JNR offers cleaning, honing, polishing, and sealing of limestone. For best results, have your limestone sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner
Marble is softer and more porous than most stone; it not only scratches easily, but also etches easily. Marble is sensitive to acids in many different food items (including citrus products, sodas, etc.) and the chelating agents in household cleaners. See the section marked maintenance for more on chelating agents. JNR offers rust and stain removal as well as cleaning, polishing, and sealing of marble floors and countertops. For best results, have your marble sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner
Travertine is limestone that has been formed by hot springs. Water movement caused erosion of the stone creating numerous holes of varying sizes. Travertine is similar to marble in that it can be polished, and is sensitive to acids and household cleaners with chelating agents. JNR offers cleaning, honing, polishing, sealing and enhancement sealers for Travertine. For best results, have your travertine sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner.
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic stone usually black, gray or green. Slate is not acid sensitive but prolonged use of household cleaners with chelating agents can cause streaking and dullness. JNR offers slate cleaning, sealing or enhancers that bring out the deep rich natural color of slate. For best results, have your slate sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner.
Granite is an extremely hard natural stone and is not as porous as other natural stones. Though not acid sensitive, prolonged use of household cleaners with chelating agents will cause streaking and can be a homeowner’s nightmare. JNR offers cleaning and sealing of granite floors. For best results, have your granite sealed and use StoneTech Professional™ Revitalizer™,
Terrazzo appears more uniform than most natural stones and is available in tile form or by a pouring application on the slab. Terrazzo is a mixture of Portland cement and marble chips; these chips can range in size from a fraction of an inch to as large as several inches. JNR offers Terrazzo cleaning, polishing and sealing. For best results, have your terrazzo sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner.
Call JNR at 888-639-6611 for additional advice by phone.