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