Cleaning Brazilian Redwood Floors

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 8, 2010)

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Cleaning Brazilian redwood floors, in many respects, is basically the same process as cleaning any other type of hardwood flooring. There are a few differences though, and as long as you know the basics, as well as those extra few steps, you can keep your floors looking like new. Be prepared though, Brazilian redwood floors often require a bit of work to maintain. Here's what you need to do.

  • Sweep. The first step in cleaning Brazilian redwood floors is to sweep it regularly. If at all possible you should also use a vacuum cleaner to help clean the floors as well. However, when you are sweeping your exotic flooring, make sure that you are using the softest bristled brush that you can find. In addition, when you use a vacuum cleaner on your flooring, make sure that you never use the beater brush attachment. The reason is that a harsh bristled brush, or even the beater brush, can seriously damage the wood Brazilian redwood floors.
  • Dust. You will need to regularly dust your floors in addition to sweeping them. It may sound like a needlessly repetitive step, but it will help keep down the amount of dirt and grime that can build up on the floor. On average, you should dust mop your Brazilian redwood floors no less than twice a week. Be sure that you use the softest possible dust mop to get the best affect for your work.
  • Mop. When mopping a Brazilian redwood floor, you need to be particularly careful. Use the least amount of water possible to get the job done, and only use a cleaner that has been rated to work on exotic woods. The reason for this is that water can cause all kinds of damage to wood, and general floor cleaners can actually cause harm to your exotic wood flooring if you are not careful. You should be mopping your floor a minimum of once a week, but don't be afraid to do it as often as necessary.
  • Special Instructions. When cleaning your Brazilian hardwood flooring, there is one thing that you need to keep in mind. Unless your floor came with a wax finish, avoid using wax at all. This can actually break down the polyurethane covering on the wood, and cause a huge amount of damage to the floor.
  • Be careful. The best way to keep your Brazilian redwood flooring clean is to be as careful as possible. Do not drag anything hard across the floor (this includes chairs). Do not walk across the floor in hard soled shoes if at all possible, and do not allow any liquid spills to rest on the flooring longer than absolutely necessary. By being careful, almost paranoid, about your flooring, you will be able to keep it clean, while also protecting its beauty for years to come.

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2013-10-30 09:10:40

Jennifer

I Have the same white scratches!! I tried an vinegar/oil mix recommended on
a DIY site, it helped a tiny bit.

Tried the wood 'crayon'; no success.

Would love more recommendations


2013-08-21 12:37:28

Ray Robert

Have model home with this flooring with stenciled/painted design and is now eroding. How can this be removed? What cleaner is best? Have drag marks from chairs, how can the marks be removed? If area is refinished, would there be a significant variance in color?

Thank you


2013-03-02 15:43:25

Sue

Do you have any suggestions for covering up the white scratches on the polyurethane covering? Or deeper scratches?


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