Q: I have hardwood floors in my living and dining room. I have yet to figure out how to clean them. Just looking across the floor it looks fine, but if I sit down on the couch I can see spots all over the floor. Some are footprints but a lot are just circle spots all over. If I scrape them with my fingernail they come up but the floor is still cloudy.
My floor has a shine and was installed after 2000. What would get the spots up? I have heard to use SOS pads, but I don’t want to harm my floor?
A: There are a number of good cleaners which are approved for polyurethane finishes. Bona Kemi (www.bonakemi.com) makes Pacific Floor Cleaner. Basic Coatings (www.basiccoatings.com) makes Squeaky Cleaner. Boa-Franc has their own cleaner. Any of these can be purchased from local hardwood flooring retailers. Min Wax also makes a floor cleaner, ready to use for about $5 and can be purchased at Home Depot. It is in a yellow bottle. Swing Paints (www.circa1850.com or www.swingpaints.com) make a cleaner called Bare Floor, and if not found at Home Depot, can be purchased directly from their web site.
Other products, including soaps, oil soaps, pine oils, swiffer etc., can leave a residue that both dulls the look of the finish, leaving it hazy and can also create adhesion issues when the time comes for a buff and recoat.