While the Goodwin Company showroom is a one of a kind, beautiful display of our River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress; it also sits right smack in the middle of our sawmill. A sawmill can be a dusty, dirty place and you can imagine that keeping this showroom clean is a job in itself.
While you may not face the challenges we face with a continual outpouring of dirt and sawdust, you may find an oil and re-buff every few years does wonders to even the most well maintained floors. Keeping our antique wood floor looking resilient for welcomed visitors takes a couple of easy, but necessary steps:
- First, we vacuum away all the loose dirt making sure to use a soft bristle head so as not to scratch the floor.
- Next, we mop the floor with clean, warm water and a fresh mop. This doesn’t require a lot of water. Each time the mop goes back to the bucket it should be thoroughly wrung out. The point is to only use enough moisture to remove dirt, but not enough to linger on top of your floor. It should dry rather quickly.
- Thirdly, while following the instructions closely, use a quality hardwood floor cleaner that can also be applied and removed with a fresh mop. Look carefully. Some cleaners need to be diluted, while others do not.
- Lastly, once dry, we oiled and buffed the floor using a quality hardwood floor maintenance oil and a orbital floor buffer. We buff the oil in using a new pad, then wait over night, change pads and buff again to remove the excess oil and to lower the sheen. Ultimately, we buffed the floor for a third time to achieve the sheen we like. Like the hardwood floor cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions closely when using the maintenance oil. Different oils can have different set times.
Enjoy the photos of our showroom and please come pay us a visit!!!