Hardwood Floor Care Instructions
Routine Maintenance: GLITSA treated floors should never be waxed. Use a vacuum cleaner, untreated dust mop or electric broom. Never use spray type dusting aids. After 2 weeks, a clean, damp cloth or mop can be used. Use 1 gallon of lukewarm water with 1 cup of white vinegar to clean your floors. Mild bar soap and sponge may be used for stubborn spots. (Be sure to rinse thoroughly after cleaning with soap.)
Keep Your GLITSA Floor Looking Like New
The unique properties and durability of GLITSA Swedish finish are now available in a convenient aerosol can. Where a small area of the GLITSA finish is damaged or worn, it may be touched up with GLITSA Aerosol without showing signs of repair.
This defers the necessity of full floor recoating. Most anyone can touch up heavy traffic areas in entries, doorways or in front of the kitchen sink after first using the recommended cleaning method of one cup vinegar to one gallon of lukewarm water. Allow the area to dry thoroughly before applying the spray. Follow all label instructions for beautiful results, GLITSA Aerosol is available in Gloss, Semi-Gloss or Matte.
GLITSA Aerosol can also be used for finishing any unfinished piece of furniture, table tops, or other small wood working projects.
For further information, contact Seattle Hardwood Floors at (425) 453-8440.
Hardwood Floor/Shrinkage/Floor Finish & White/Pastel Floor Finish
Oak flooring, being a wood product, will react to the season or condition it is exposed to. For example, if we have a very cold and dry winter condition, we can expect to develop some cracking or separation between the boards. When this happens, it is much the same feeling our lips have when the air is dry, we use chapstick. Your floor is asking for the moisture that it receives under the normal conditions.
If the floor receives too much humidity, it expands or warps. This is a result of high humidity, which can happen on humid days or long periods of high humidity. This can also happen when the floor is exposed to too much moisture from a plumbing leak, damp mopping, extreme temperature fluctuation (such as turning your thermostat up and down sharply during the day or night), or a lack of heat if the home is unoccupied for a long period of time.
When you inspect your floor with us, you will not likely notice any of the results of expansion and contraction, but they are there and it is happening. If the humidity in your home stays the same, the floor was inspected on the walk through, the changes discussed under Expansion and Contraction occurs, you will notice a change in your floor. This change is a natural condition and we cannot warrant against these changes.
Due to the increasing number of Bleached and/or White or Pastel colored wood floors that are being done these days, we have felt the need to pass along the following information and our policy regarding these kinds of colors to people thinking about doing them in their own home. Please understand that we are not trying to deter you from using these kinds of colors, but we do want to make sure you are aware of the biggest and most common complaint about them.
The tiniest crack or separation will show up quite clearly with these colors. If the cracks are quite unsightly, the owner’s complain bitterly because they were not informed that this might happen and that it was a very common thing for wood floors. The only thing that can be done is to putty the cracks as best as possible and apply another coat of finish.
This is usually only a temporary, “cosmetic” remedy and is no guarantee that the wood will not either expand and push the putty out or compress it enough that when it shrinks again, the cracks will reappear. Depending on the size of the floor, this can be an expensive process.
This company’s policy is that unless we have been negligent in out installation or workmanship, we will charge for the filling of cracks or recoating of floors after they have been completed and accepted by the owner. It should be remembered that cracks, in most cases, do not affect in any way (except visibly) the performance or life of the floor or finishes used on it.
Floor Finish (Swedish/Polyurethane)
Most hardwood floors today are finished with Swedish (Polyurethane) Finish, which is a surface finish that does not require waxing, but does require some care and concern.
Mud and grit can be tracked into the home, which will cause wear on the finish. High heel shoes will cause small dents in the floor. Also, furniture without felt glides may scratch the floor. In kitchen entries and powder rooms where the floor is exposed to water and heavy traffic, you can expect to have much more wear than a formal living room or den. This is normal and we cannot warrant against this happening.
A fast-drying, water-clear and penetrating finish – giving a long lasting and wear-resisting non-skid film with semi-gloss finish – very similar to a waxed surface. It can be stored indefinitely in the can, is easy to apply, and can be used for touching up worn spots without showing any taps. In other words, GLITSA is the ideal floor finish that will make floor maintenance easy and non-expensive.
GLITSA… Swedish Floor Finishes are a series of liquid alcohol solvent based materials that provide long-wearing and beautiful finishes for floors, GLITSA finishes are available in GLOSS, SEMI-GLOSS or MATTE finishes for different types of floors. All GLITSA finishes are self-curing except BACCA grade, to which a hardener must be added. BACCA is recommended for first coat. It is a finish particularly good for floors with open grain.
GLITSA… Finishes preserve and enhance the natural beauty of floors. Colors and grain in the floor are enriched under the GLITSA film. Since the film takes all the dirt and stains, the floor’s natural beauty is unaffected. The GLITSA film will not be affected by water or strong chemical cleaners, alcohol, turpentine, mineral spirit, petrol, lubricating or fuel oils, fats, most high flash solvents, ink, etc., and it is also highly alkali and acid resisting.
Beautiful But Tough… Being many times as wear-resisting as ordinary varnishes. GLITSA will withstand heavy wear and still show brilliance and smoothness. Its water-clear film will never turn yellow or discolor the flooring and it will remain elastic for years and years without cracking.
No More Waxing! The Semi-gloss surface of GLITSA always looks like having been waxed just a moment before. The finish remains constantly smooth and brilliant-rendering the tedious and expensive waxing superfluous. It is safe- it is nonslippery.
Easy To Apply… GLITSA is easily applied by brush or applicator. Shows no brush marks – anyone can manage maintenance like an expert.
Easy To Maintain… Obviously only a very small part of a floor is exposed to heavy wear-nobody walks close to walls, etc. These heavily exposed spots, when losing their brilliance, showing that the film is being worn off, are easily touched up with
GLITSA without showing any marks of repair. GLITSA is available in aerosol cans for touch up purposes. This, of course, means a tremendous saving in maintenance cost compared with other finishes that have to be sanded down at regular intervals for refinishing the whole floor. GLITSA makes floor maintenance an easy job. Just clean with a damp cloth. This is all that is needed to keep the floor nice and clean.
GLITSA is also highly recommended for school benches, standing up for years to the roughest usage. Ink and dirt being easily removed from its diamond-hard surface. It can also be used for giving a piece of furniture and unequaled finish. Hot plates and dishes will not ruin the GLITSA film if used on your dining table. By the way, GLITSA can also be used on metal; brass and other metal objects coated with GLITSA require no polishing. The GLITSA film will not be affected by water or strong chemical cleaners, alcohol or fuel oils, fats, most high flash solvents, ink, tar, etc., and it is also highly alkali and acid resisting.
GLITSA dries in about 2 hours and can be walked on the next day. However, the “hardening process” is achieved in a couple of months, performing the resistance to most chemical agents mentioned. Take care of your floors like any other new finish for the first two weeks.
GLITSA is the floor finish of the future. Because of the nature of its constituents and the technique of its production, GLITSA has amazing qualities