Distributors of fine wood finishing products

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TRG Products — 1.800.3BRIWAX
(1.800.327.4929)
NEW Fax: 770.420.9532 NEW
email: thebriwaxguy@gmail.com
P.O. Box 670662 - Marietta, GA 30066

Briwax Floor Care Guide


Maintaining Your Floor With Briwax


Wood . . . one of man's oldest natural resources is also one of our most revered resources. It has, among other things, provided food, shelter, tools and hardwood floors that in some cases have lasted for hundreds of years. Other floor coverings simply cannot compete with the durability, beauty and characteristics of wood. Unlike other floor coverings wood is very forgiving when it comes to taking abuse. Most problems can be prevented or minimized by keeping floors waxed and by wiping up liquid spills immediately. When a wood floor appears dirty and nasty, a re-waxing is usually all that is required to restore its natural beauty.

Common Problems and Their Remedies:

  • Food Spots: Wipe a moistened cloth or sponge over the soiled area. Dry immediately and apply a light coat of Briwax. Buff out with a clean cloth.
  • White Spots or Water Spots:Usually the cause is a liquid spill on a wood surface that was not wiped up immediately. Using 0000 steel wool or super fine synthetic pad, apply Briwax to one half of the spot and rub out. The affected area will get lighter and lighter as the moisture is evaporated out of the finish, be patient. Buff out with a clean cloth.

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Briwax will clean off the carbon, soot and oxidation caused by a working fireplace. These Mexican tiles gain a new lease on life after an application of Briwax.

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  • Dark Spots or Dog Spots: Treat dark spots and rubber heel mark as white spots and use the same technique. Dark spots in the wood mean that mold are growing in the wood's pores.
If Briwax alone does not remove the darkness, try this: Mix household bleach with tap water. A 50/50 solution does well. Moisten a cloth with the bleach solution and wipe the dark spot. If it starts to disappear immediately, it is mold. Let the solution remain on the spot for at least 20 minutes to allow the bleach to kill the spore. Lightly sand the affected area with 180-grit paper and apply the appropriate color of Briwax, usually Light Brown (Light Brown Briwax takes on the color that you apply it to). Buff out with a clean cloth.

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The Oak floor in this photo had to be sanded. The carpet pad had a chemical reaction with the wood and left black spots everywhere. After sanding, two applications of Briwax brought the true luster back.

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  • Ink Spot: Treat the same as a Dark Spot.
  • Grease Spots: The solvent in Briwax will remove all the grease from the surface area. Use 0000 steel wool to apply the Briwax if the area is stubborn. Buff out with a clean cloth.
  • Burns: Use 0000 steel wool and Briwax to rub out the burn mark. If this method does not solve the problem, you will have to sand out the blemish. (If the piece is an antique I would not repair it. Just Briwax over it, it'll be a great topic of conversation someday.) After sanding out the blemish to your satisfaction (finish sanding with 180 grit paper, most human eyes cannot see the lines caused by this grit) use the appropriate color of Briwax to blend in with the surrounding floor color. Let dry and buff out with a clean cloth.

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This Heart Pine floor was installed in 1913 in a Florida home. A rewaxing with Briwax has cleaned it and restored its original beauty.

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  • Chewing Gum or Crayon: Use ice to harden the gum and then remove with a putty knife. Place ice cubes in a plastic bag and sit on top of the deposit until it becomes hard and brittle enough to crumble. Use 0000 steel wool and Briwax to clean up any surviving residue. Buff out with a clean cloth.
  • Wax Build-Up: Fortunately if you would have used Briwax from the beginning this would not be a problem. Briwax does not build up. Each successive application of Briwax removes the last, whether 10 minutes or 10 years ago.

Simply apply Briwax over the built-up area using 000 steel wool as an applicator. This method will remove the old wax and apply Briwax as you go.

If you are doing a large area, apply Briwax to a 2.5' x 2.5' area at a time until the room is finished. A simple way to buff out large areas is to rent a heavy-duty commercial buffer from your local hardware store. The electric buffer will buff out your refurbished hardwood floor with ease. The final sheen can be enhanced by turning an old sweatshirt inside out and placing under the polishing pad of the buffer. Go over the floor one more time to really make the floor glow...beautiful!

  • Heel Marks or other Indentations: Spike high heel shoes can cause severe damage to hardwood floors due to the tremendous pressure that can be generated in such a small area. Upwards of 1000 psi can be applied with spike heels, more than an elephant applies!

    Unfortunately most indentations will not come out. Slight indentations may be raised by using steam. Place a wet towel over the indent and place a hot iron over the towel. The steam generated may swell the wood fibers and decrease the size of the indentation. Dry the area immediately and apply Briwax to blend in. Buff out with a clean cloth.

    Grit is one of the greatest dangers to your wood floors...it acts like sandpaper. Use walk-off mats at all exterior entrances to capture the grit. Vacuum regularly.

    To prevent indentations in the future always use wide area casters and floor protectors under furniture and appliances. Use inverted carpet scraps under heavy furniture when moving around on wood floors.

  • Expansion Cracks and Squeaks: Hardwood floors are affected by two distinct humidity seasons...heating and non-heating. Wood floors expand perpendicular to the grain as they acquire moisture and contract as they give up moisture. Maintaining humidity levels in the 45% - 55% range will stabilize the floor. During humid weather as the floor expands, the edges of individual boards may rub together causing a squeak.

    A liberal amount of Briwax worked into these areas will usually stop the annoyance of squeaking. Check that there is a minimum of 1/2 inch expansion area around (under the molding) the perimeter of your room. Use Briwax to fill in slight expansion cracks in the floor itself other than any kind of wood filler. This method will keep the grit out of the cracks and if the floor expands and closes the gaps the Briwax will simply compress out. If the floor is glued down and squeaking persists you may need to reapply an adhesive to secure the loose boards.

    Remember, water is wood's worst enemy. Water does bad things to wood, either in the form of a gas (humidity) or a solid spill. Never use oil or soap cleaners that require water, let the solvent in Briwax do the cleaning. The solvent cleans, evaporates and is gone in minutes. Water penetrates and causes mold and rot conditions.

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This oak floor has been installed in a new home. Once a year maintenance with Briwax will keep it looking great.

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Use Briwax on concrete to develop a look that is completely different from anything else on the market. Easy to maintain also. Have a wear spot? Just wax it!

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Consider buying a 7-pound can of Briwax for your larger floor projects.

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TRG Products — 1.800.327.4929
NEW Fax: 770.420.9532 NEW
email: thebriwaxguy@gmail.com
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