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Caring for Wood Floors

The finish on а wood floor protects it from wear and seals it against dust and spilled liquids. Before cleaning a floor, determine the type of finish on it (below). Older floors often have penetrating finishes. These soak into the wood pores and require waxing. Modern flooring more often has a surface finish—typically polyurethane—which forms a protective film and does not need to be waxed. Waxed Penetrating Finishes: To prolong the life of the wax, vacuum or dust- mop the floor weekly before dirt and dust are pressed into the surface. Wipe up spills immediately with a dry cloth or…