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At St. Clements Heart & Home, we provide the essential cleaners that you need to care for your floors so that they will last for years to come. We carry high quality products from Armstrong, Bona, HG, R & D Chemical Solutions Ltd., and Capture.

EASY CARE STEPS FOR ARMSTRONG HARDWOOD FLOORS

DO:
    •Wipe up spills immediately.
    •Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your hardwood floor once a week, or more, if needed. The vacuum head must be brush or felt, and a wand attachment is preferable.
    •Use interior and exterior door-mats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the floor.
    •Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high-traffic areas. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
    •Place runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) along high-traffic areas.
    •Keep animal nails trimmed to prevent finish scratches.
    •To prevent surface damage avoid rolling heavy appliances and furniture on the floor. Use plywood hardboard or appliance lifts, if necessary.
    •Use Armstrong or Bruce furniture leg protector pads under all furniture legs.
    •Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
    •Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
    •Protect your floor from direct sunlight.

DON'T:
    •Use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps or acidic materials such as vinegar.
    •Allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time - wipe up immediately.
    •Walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes with heel taps, spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your shoe.
    •Allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.
    •Use rubber, foam back or plastic mats as they may trap moisture and possibly discolor your floor.
    •Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads.

Initial Care - Armstrong Hardwood Floors
Following installation, clean with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner.

Hardwood Floor Care Quick Fix Tips
Spills and Tracked-in Dirt
    •Clean immediately.
    •Apply Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner lightly to the surface and wipe with a sponge mop or a soft cloth.
    •NOTE: DO NOT use on Bruce Dura Satin Wax finish floors. Refer to Bruce Dura Satin Wax Finish floor care.
    •Excess cleaner that does not evaporate immediately should be dried with a clean towel. No rinsing is necessary.

Spots Caused by Food, Water or Animals
    •Apply Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
    •Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
    •More stubborn spots may require additional cleaning with mineral spirits, followed by cleaning with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner.

Grease/Lipstick/Crayon/Ink Spots/Rubber Heel Marks
    •Apply Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner to a clean soft cloth.
    •Rub the area to remove the stain or spot.
    •If stain remains, rub with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits and follow by cleaning the area with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner.

Chewing Gum, Candle Wax
    •Apply a sealed plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit.
    •Wait until deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off.
    •After deposit has been removed, clean entire area with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner.

Minor Abrasions/Scratches
    •Use Armstrong Touch-Up Kit or Bruce Touch-Up Kit in smaller areas.
    •Apply Armstrong Restore Hardwood Floor Finish or Bruce Fresh Finish™ or Bruce Fresh Finish™ Low Gloss when larger areas are reconditioned.

Deep Scratches/Gouges
    •Individual planks, strips or parquets that are heavily gouged or damaged can be replaced by a professional flooring installer.
    •If needed, the entire floor can be refurbished by applying one or more coats of Armstrong Restore Hardwood Floor Finish or Bruce Fresh Finish™ or Bruce Fresh Finish™ Low Gloss.

EASY CARE STEPS FOR ARMSTRONG VINYL FLOORS

To keep the lasting shine and fresh feel of your investment for as long as possible, we recommend that you:
DO:
    •Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Remove dried spills with Armstrong™ Once 'n Done® Resilient & Ceramic Floor Cleaner.
    •Wash your floor occasionally with Armstrong™ Once 'n Done® Resilient & Ceramic Floor Cleaner.
    •Use Armstrong New Beginning® Extra-Strength Floor Stripper for heavy duty cleaning on all products except Alterna.*
    •Use Armstrong Shinekeeper® Floor Finish or Armstrong Satinkeeper® Low Gloss Floor Finish to return your floor's original shine if it begins to dull over time.

* For Alterna non-grouted tile installations, use New Beginning for heavy duty cleaning.

DON'T:
    •Use detergents, abrasive cleaners or "mop and shine" products - they may leave a dull film on your floor.
    •Use paste wax or solvent-based polishes.
    •Use a beater bar when vacuuming because it can visibly damage the floor surface.
    •Use highly abrasive scrubbing tools.
    •If you use grout with your Alterna™ floor, don't use Armstrong New Beginning Extra-Strength Floor Stripper or other floor strippers to clean the grout or to clean your floor. Floor strippers will degrade the acrylic grout.

PRO-ACTIVE PROTECTION FOR YOUR FLOOR

    •When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on your floor and "walk" the item across it. This protects your floor from scuffing and tears.
    •Use Armstrong Floor Protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.
    •Be careful with rolling casters. They can damage the floor. Therefore, we do not recommend them. If you choose to use them, the double wheel type is the best option.
    •Place a walk-off mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. We do not recommend the use of rubber- or latex-backed mats because the chemical (antioxidant) used to keep the backing from becoming brittle can permanently stain your floor. We suggest a non-staining vinyl-backed mat or a woven rug that is colorfast. Most of these products are identified "colorfast" by the manufacturer.

All Armstrong floor care products have been specifically developed to care for Armstrong floors. You may purchase Armstrong floor care products at your local flooring retailer.

Bona Products

Hardwood Floor Mop
A premium spray mop combo, includes Microfiber Mop and Bona Hardwood Refill Cartridge all in one! Quick, easy to use, and leaves no dulling residue.

Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Picks up moisture and dirt, leaving floors clean - with no dulling scratches. Use dry to attract dirt, microparticles, and common household allergens. Use wet with Bona cleaners for effective, non-toxic cleaning. Machine washable up to 300 times.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner
An effective, environmentally responsible, and non-toxic formula for all types of residential hardwood floors. Specially designed to be safe for floors and families.

Stone, Tile, and Laminate Cleaner
Easy, safe, and effective cleaner for sealed hard surface floors including: linoleum, stone, terrazzo, vinyl, sealed porous marble, laminate, and no-wax sealed tile (ceramic, Mexican Saltillo, quarry). Waterborne, non-toxic, and leaves no dulling residue.

Pro Series Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Professional strength, non-toxic waterborne cleaner, specially formulated for all types of hardwood floors that are coated with a clear, unwaxed finish. Leaves no dulling residue.

Pro Series Stone, Tile, and Laminate Cleaner
A professional strength, non-toxic, waterborne cleaner formulated for all types of stone, tile, and laminate floors with no dulling residue.

HG Products

Floor Glue Remover
A strong and super-fast working glue remover, suitable for removing the most stubborn glue remains from wood, metal and concrete, and many other surfaces.
BIODEGRADABLE and without hazardous ingredients.

Grease Away
HG Grease Away removes cooking fats, greases and oils. Quick action.

Laminate Powerful Cleaner
Strong, concentrated alkaline cleaner for the removal of stubborn dirt, layers of waxes and/or polishes and grease from laminate surfaces.

Mould-spray
A highly concentrated product to remove mould, mildew, fungus, algae, moss, etc., from grouting, silicone, plaster, drywall and rubber. Requires NO scrubbing!
Will NOT remove rust stains, lime scale, greases, fats.

Permanent Anti Slip
Etching liquid that roughens the surface of slippery ceramic tiles, natural stones, enamel, concrete, etc.
Suitable for interior and exterior use. Easy applicable.

Shine Cleaner
A no-rinse self-shining cleaner with a pleasant scent.
Cleans and protects in one application.
Suitable for any ceramic and vinyl surface where extra sheen is required, without making the surface slippery.

Carpet Spot and Stain Spray Cleaner
A safe and neutral clear liquid to remove various stains from carpets, rugs and upholstery from furniture and vehicle seating. In contrary to many other products, HG will not leave any residues that may attract dirt again.

Streak-Free Cleaner for Porcelain Tile
A powerful daily no-rinse cleaner, specifically developed for the maintenance of polished porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces. Biodegradable and phosphate free.

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