General Upkeep for Bruce Dura-Luster and Dura-Luster Plus Floors

General Upkeep for Bruce Dura-Luster and Dura-Luster Plus Floors

Initial Care

Following Installation, clean with Bruce No-Wax Floor Cleaner.

Routine Care

Frequently sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt before it can scratch or be ground into the floor's surface. For spot cleaning, apply cleaner onto a clean cloth and rub onto the spot. Never apply wax topicals to your urethane floor.

Periodic Care

Follow sweeping and vacuuming instructions for Routine Care. Spread cleaner directly on the floor and wipe with a sponge mop or appropriate cleaning applicator. DO NOT allow puddles of Bruce No-Wax Cleaner to remain on floor's surface. Excess liquid may damage the fiber of the wood.

An Ounce of Prevention

Never clean or wet mop your Bruce hardwood floor with water. Do not use any wax or cleaner that must be mixed with water such as oil soap, as this may ruin your floor and result in a loss of warranty. Water can dull the finish and permanently damage the floor.

If your floor abuts exterior doors, put outside door mats at the entrances to keep dirt and moisture from being tracked in. Inside, you may want to add an area rug to further prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked onto your hardwood floor. Don't use rubber, foam back, or plastic mats as they may discolor the floor. To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlay from a reputable manufacturer.

Area rugs should be moved occasionally as they block sunlight which may give the appearance of discoloring under the rug.

Use floor D-fender Pads on the feet of furniture to avoid scratches.� Floor D-fenders come in �several sizes of floor protector pads. When moving heavy furniture or appliances, use extra caution to help avoid scratching, indentations, and gouging. Some objects may be too heavy to be moved across a hardwood floor under any circumstances.

Certain types of casters on furniture may damage hardwood flooring. Barrel-type caster wheels or wide, flat glides are best for protecting your hardwood floor. If your furniture does not have the right type of caster, we recommend that you change them.

A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage of wood floors due to low humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to cause very dry conditions. A humidity level of 35-55% is recommended.

In damp conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with an air conditioner or dehumidifier, or by periodically turning on your heating system during the summer months.

Spike or stiletto high-heel shoes, especially those in poor repair, may cause denting and related damage to hardwood floors due to the extremely high compressive force they generate. Such footwear can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build. Bruce will not accept claims from damages which arise from such exposure.

Stain Removal for Bruce Dura-Luster and Dura-Luster Plus Floors

Tips on Repairing Blemishes

Most problems can be prevented or minimized by wiping up any spills immediately. We have provided some common first aid procedures for spot cleaning and touch-up/repair of your Bruce Dura-Luster/Dura-Luster plus finish floor. When removing a spot, always begin at the outer edge and work towards the center to prevent the spot from spreading. Keep a Bruce Touch-Up Kit which blends with your factory-stained floors available. This kit contains all the materials you will need to handle most of the accidents listed here.

Spots caused by food, water or animals

Place Bruce No-Wax Cleaner on a clean cloth to remove the stain or spot. More stubborn spots may require additional scrubbing with Bruce No-Wax Cleaner and a Bruce Scrub Pad.

Greasy spots or ink spots

Rub grease, tar, lipstick, crayon, rubber scuffs, or oil spots with a cloth or Bruce Scrub Pad dampened with Bruce No-Wax Cleaner. If stain remains, rub with a cloth or Bruce Scrub Pad dampened with Clean 'n' Strip and follow up by cleaning area with Bruce No-Wax Cleaner.

Cigarette Burns

Most common burns can be repaired with the Bruce Touch-Up Kit. Rub area with fine sandpaper, restain with Bruce Touch-Up Marker and refinish with Bruce Dura-Luster urethane. For cigarette burns that extend deep into the surface of the wood, individual plank, strip, or parquet boards may need to be replaced.

Chewing gum, candle wax

Apply a plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit until it becomes brittle enough to crumble off. Clean 'n' Strip can be helpful in removing stubborn areas. After deposit has been removed from the surface of the floor, clean entire area with Bruce No-Wax Floor Cleaner.

Expansion cracks and squeaks

Hardwood floors are affected by two distinct humidity seasons - heating and non-heating. Recognizing that wood floor dimensions will be slightly affected by varying levels of humidity, care should be taken to control humidity levels within the 35-55% range. If humid or damp weather causes a slight expansion in your hardwood floor, the edges of boards may rub together, producing a squeak. For solid oak floors, a liberal amount of talcum powder between the squeaking boards will usually quiet things down. For engineered, glued-down floors with squeaking boards or loose popping sounds, inquire about the Bruce Adhesive Repair Kit at your local retailer. Avoid excessive exposure to water from tracking during periods of inclement weather, Do not obstruct the expansion joints around the perimeter of your floors.

Refurbishing scratched areas

Most scratches can be repaired with the Bruce Touch-Up Kit. Since Bruce floors are factory finished, individual planks, strips or parquets that are heavily gouged or damaged can be replaced.� If needed, the entire floor can be refurbished by lightly sanding and recoating with numerous water borne finishes available from most reputable floor finish manufacturers.�Areas of light wear, gloss loss or when a general appearance improvement is required can be polished using Bruce Fresh Finish.