Yes I do and have had no problems thus far
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21-09-2014 19:20 #11
22-09-2014 05:37 #12
We have 70yr old hardwood timber floors with a polyurethane (oil based) coating. I use a steam mop and haven't had any issues, although I only mop about once a month. The only small thing I have noticed is that the gloss coating has come off some areas that have been filled with putty.
A wax finish is different to oil based, I would imagine the heat of the steam would take the wax right off. I also think the issue can be the steam getting between the boards and the boards expanding and contracting and possibly warping - our boards are so old they are pretty well weathered so I don't think that's an issue- could be with a new floor though.
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22-09-2014 07:48 #13
I've heard mixed advice too - have decided not to risk it
22-09-2014 08:42 #14
I just spoke to a timber company and the guy who sanded/polished mine, they both said it's ok.
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22-09-2014 09:10 #15
If you have a mop that has adjustable steam use the low setting on timber floors.That's what my Bissell instructions says and I haven't had any problems.
22-09-2014 11:07 #16
22-09-2014 11:17 #17
This is an exert from my instruction manual
Cleaning hard floors
Your Lift-Off Steam Mop is designed to clean
hard flooring such as ceramic tile, vinyl, laminate,
marble, stone and sealed hard wood floors. Use
of your Lift-Off Steam Mop on waxed or some
unwaxed floors may result in a diminished glossi-
ness. The Lift-Off Steam Mop is not for use on
unsealed wood floors. For best results test in an
inconspicuous area and check the care instruc-
tions from your flooring manufacturer.
1. When the ready light illuminates, begin cleaning
by slowly passing over surface while pressing the
steam on demand trigger to emit steam as needed.
2. To sanitize an area of your floor, (attack invisible
germs and bacteria) place the center of the Lift-Off
Steam Mop over the spot for a minimum 15
seconds, but no longer than 20 seconds. For
larger areas, overlap swivel head placement.
Important: Sanitizing on timber floors is not
recommended, as prolonged application of steam
in one area increases the risk of damage to the
surface treatment of timber floors, especially in
areas with regular foot traffic and direct sunlight,
which will wear down timber floor surface
treatments, making it more susceptible to steam
Hope that helps a bit
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