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Cleaning Engineered Hardwood: Skyline Floorscapes 2017-03-09T00:58:06+00:00

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Initial Maintenance Instructions

Apply WOCA Oil Refresher immediately after installation is complete.

Oil Refresher is an oil/soap combination used for the regular cleaning of engineered hardwood. Oil Refresher, available in natural and white, combines efficient cleaning with re-oiling as additional oil penetrates into the wood, forming a protective layer within the surface of the floor. This means longer wear before re-oiling.  Oil Refresher  not only cleans and nourishes oiled floors but also forms a protective film on the floor after drying, making future cleaning quicker and easier.

Oil Refresher should not be used more than four times per year as this may create unwanted build-up. Floors requiring more frequent cleaning should be cleaned with WOCA Natural Soap, or use Master Soap for commercial areas. with intermittent use of Oil Refresher up to four times per year.

Clean your floor with Oil Refresher only when dirty, up to four times per year.

Please Note:

For traditionally oiled floors, mix WOCA Oil Refresher with lukewarm water in a solution of 1:20 (6.4 oz per gallon of water) and for UV-oiled floors in solution of 1:40 (3.2 oz per gallon of water).

Never apply Oil Refresher to an oiled floor until at least 36 hours after the last oil application.

Mixing Solution for Cleaning  Skyline Floorscapes Engineered Hardwoods

Traditional Oil Mixing Solution:

  • Two gallons of lukewarm water + 12.8 oz. (1 ½ cups) of Oil Refresher.
  • Three gallons of lukewarm water + 19.2 oz. (2 ¼ cups) of Oil Refresher.
  • Four gallons of lukewarm water + 25.6 oz. (3 cups) of Oil Refresher.

UV Oil Mixing solution:

  • Two gallons of lukewarm water + 6.4 oz. (¾ cup) of Oil Refresher.
  • Three gallons of warm water + 9.6 oz. (1 ¼ cups) of Oil Refresher.
  • Four gallons of warm water + 12.8 oz. (1 ½ cups) of Oil Refresher.

If too much Oil Refresher is used in solution, footprints may show on the floor even after drying. To remove excess Oil Refresher, clean the floor with WOCA Wood Cleaner. Use a good quality mop, such as the WOCA Swep Mop, which has no loose ends. Remember that a wood floor should be damp mopped.

How to use WOCA Oil Refresher on Engineered Hardwood

Maintain your Skyline Floorscapes hardwood with WOCA Skyline Floorscapes - Smmoth Natural Acacia. Photo: Photo: Skyline Floorscapes
Cleaning engineered hardwood is easy with WOCA. Skyline Floorscapes - Smooth Natural Walnut. Photo: Skyline Floorscapes

WOCA Soap Coverage: 3000-4000 sq.ft./liter.

  1. Sweep or vacuum before cleaning engineered hardwood with WOCA Soap.
  2. In one bucket, mix a solution of WOCA Soap (well shaken) and luke-warm water. Pour luke warm water in a second bucket and use as rinse water.
  3. Dip a clean mop in the soap solution. Wring the mop. The mop head should retain enough moisture to dampen a 4’ x 8’ section of flooring. Spread the solution across the work area, then mop the damp area as you would a vinyl kitchen floor. For very dirty spots, let the solution set for a few minutes, then come back to the spot and scrub with a dish scrubbing brush. Continue mopping until the mop head becomes dirty or is not moist enough to thoroughly clean.
  4. Dip the mop in the rinse water bucket. Slosh around very well. Wring the mop head as thoroughly dry as possible. This will remove dirty water and keep the mop head clean. Do not rinse the previously cleaned floor.
  5. Dip mop in the soap solution and wring. Clean the next section.
  6. Repeat the process until the entire floor has been cleaned. The floor should be dry within 5 to 15 minutes. If water is still visible on the floor surface after 2-3 minutes, the mop was too wet during the cleaning process. Wipe up excess water and be sure reduce moisture in the mop.

Please Note:

It is not unusual to see a “haze” on darker floors after soaping. Simply put a cotton cloth under a dust mop or floor buffer and quickly polish away the “haze”.

WOCA Oil Refresher should be used instead of Soap at least once a year. If cleaning engineered hardwoods four times a year or less, Oil Refresher is recommended instead of WOCA Soap.

Cleaning Engineered Hardwood Oiled Wood Floors

WOCA Soap: The Perfect Product for Cleaning Engineered Hardwood 

It is recommended to mop your floor with WOCA Soap approximately one week after oiling it and then clean your floor with WOCA Soap only when dirty. The soap solution, which contains soy and coconut fats, forms a protective film on the floor after drying, making future cleaning quicker and easier. The soap must be diluted. Never apply soap to an oiled floor until at least 36 hours after the last oil application. Public and commercial areas which require daily or weekly cleaning should use WOCA Master Soap. Mix WOCA Soap and lukewarm water in a solution of 1:40. For very dirty floors the solution mix can be increased up to 1:20 except for oak floors. Oak floors should never be cleaned with a solution stronger than 1:40

Mixing Solution Should Be:

  • Two gallons of lukewarm water + 6.4 oz. (just over ¾ cup) of Soap.
  • Three gallons of lukewarm water + 9.6 oz. (just under 1 ¼ cups) of Soap.
  • Four gallons of lukewarm water + 12.8 oz. (just over 1 ½ cups) of Soap.

If the soap solution is not properly mixed, footprints may show on a soaped floor even after drying. This is caused by using too much soap. To remove excess Soap, clean the floor with WOCA Wood Cleaner. For proper result, use a good quality mop, such as the WOCA Swep Mop, which has no loose ends. Remember that a wood floor should be damp mopped.

Step by Step Instructions for Cleaning Engineered Hardwood

Maintaining and cleaning engineered hardwood flooring with WOCA is recommended by Skyline Woodscapes. Floor: Hand Scraped Bourbon Hickory. Photo: Skyline Woodscapes
WOCA Natural Soap is the No. 1 solution for cleaning engineered hardwoods. Skyline Floorscapes: Hand Scraped Andora White Oak

Coverage: 3000-4000 sq.ft./liter.

  1. Sweep or vacuum before cleaning engineered hardwood with WOCA Soap.
  2. In one bucket, mix a solution of WOCA Soap (well shaken) and luke-warm water. Pour luke warm water in a second bucket and use as rinse water.
  3. Dip a clean mop in the soap solution. Wring mop. The mop head should retain enough moisture to dampen a 4’ x 8’ section of flooring. Spread the solution across the work area, then mop the damp area as you would a vinyl kitchen floor. For very dirty spots, let the solution set for a few minutes, then come back to the spot and scrub with a dish scrubbing brush. Continue mopping until the mop head becomes dirty or is not moist enough to thoroughly clean.
  4. Dip mop in the rinse water bucket. Slosh around very well. Wring the mop head as thoroughly dry as possible. This will remove dirty water and keep the mop head clean. Do not rinse the previously cleaned floor.
  5. Dip mop in the soap solution and wring. Clean the next section.
  6. Repeat process until the entire floor has been cleaned. The floor should be dry within 5 to 15 minutes. If water is still visible on the floor surface after 2-3 minutes, the mop was too wet during the cleaning process. Wipe up excess water and reduce moisture in the mop.

Please Note:

It is not unusual to see a “haze” on darker floors after soaping. Simply put a cotton cloth under a dust mop or floor buffer and quickly polish away the “haze”.

WOCA Oil Refresher should be used instead of Soap at least once a year. If cleaning engineered hardwood four times a year or less, Oil Refresher is recommended instead of Soap.

Recommended Products for Cleaning Engineered Hardwood

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