Wood In Architecture Issue 2, 2020

FLOORING 57 WOOD IN ARCHITECTURE • ISSUE 2 • 2020 When cleaning wood flooring, it’s important to note that too much moisture can cause damage to the wood and its finishing When using vacuum cleaners on wood flooring, make sure they feature a setting for hard surfaces Photograph: Michal Jarmoluk The NWFA recommends following this simple schedule for the regular upkeep of wood flooring MILLER: Do not over-wet the floor. The mop should be slightly moistened and well-wrung out, ensuring the amount of moisture left on the floor surface is minimal. When using spray mops, use only high-quality spray mops that provide greater control over the amount of solution that is applied, and that come with super-absorbent, disposable or washable pads that remove the cleaning solution and soil from the floor’s surface. How can owners make sure they’re properly disinfecting their wood flooring? MILLER: Routing maintenance as described above is best for the wood floor. Otherwise, follow all CDC requirements for personal hygiene to minimise exposure. How often should one fully disinfect wood flooring, and does this differ from how wood flooring is typically cleaned? MILLER: Only use products and procedures as recommended by the flooring and finish manufacturer. Do not use disinfectants without their approval. Whataresomechallengesthatcanarisefrom the increased cleaning of wood flooring? MILLER: Too much moisture can cause damage to the finishes and to the wood. Use of improper products can damage the finishes, and the wood. Using any procedure outside of manufacturer recommendations, will void flooring warrantees, and shorten the life of the flooring. When finish becomes compromised, it may be time for a recoat, or a complete resand. | WIA

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