Stain Removal for Bruce Dura-Luster and Dura-Luster Plus Floors
Modified on 2007/12/27 15:20 by Administrator — Categorized as: Bruce Hardwood 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.
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 tal*** 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 re***ble floor finish manufacturers. Areas of light wear, gloss loss or when a general appearance improvement is required can be polished using Bruce Fresh Finish.