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We also offer multiple refinishing options for your hardwood dance floor such as oiling, sanding/re-coating and sanding/painting. Please contact us to speak with one of our trained floor specialists to discuss the best options for your floor. For optimal performance of your floor, we recommend the following maintenance routines. Please choose from the options above to view your flooring type specific routine. 

flooring maintenance routines


We recommend the Bona Professional Gym Floor Cleaner Concentrate for your dance/stage floor cleaning. For optimal performace of your floor, we recommend the following maintenance schedule. 




Dust with Fringe Microfiber Dust Pad. Also recommended to Damp Mop with Looped Microfiber Cleaning Pad . Use a 1:10 (or higher) dilution ratio.



Damp Mop with Looped Microfiber Cleaning Pad . Use a 1:10 (or higher) dilution ratio.


Yearly (as needed)


Re-Coat - The floors will need to be re-coated with a minimum of 1 coat of oil-modified gym floor finish. 2 coats may be required depending on use. Please note that major damage can occure if the proper products and process is not used. 10-15


10-15 Years (as needed)


Depending on the level of care, the floor will need to be resanded every 10-15 years. You can estimate 4 or 5 re-sands for the life of the floor.


1. Floor shoud be Dust Mopped first to remove the loose dirt.

2. Mix 1 part hardwood floor cleaner to 10 parts water(1:10) into a spray bottle (or use redi-mix solution). Use a 5 gallon bucket half filled with clean water as a rincebucket so you arenʼt pushing sand and dirt across the floor.

3. Saturate Cleaning Pad in rinse bucket. Wring pad well and lay pad flat on the ground. Press Aluminum Mop head firmly against Cleaning Pad to re-attach pad to velcro bottom of the mop. Make sure the mop pad is damp and not wet. A wet pad will leave a film on the floor. DO NOT use a pad that has been used with other cleaners or chemicals.


4. Spray cleaning solution on a small area of floor. Begin damp mopping with the grain of the wood. Do not spray too large an area as it may leave a film if the solution dries before being wiped up.


5. Damp mop your floor by walking with the wood grain down and back the entire length of your floor. As the cleaning pad gets dirty (2-3 times down and back) remove pad, rinse in the rinse bucket, saturate in cleaning solution, wring pad and repeat


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New Floor Initial Maintenance

IMPORTANT: Do not allow any use of a new or recoated floor for 7 days after installation.  To prevent future dirt build-up on the floor, be sure to follow these steps before the floor is open for use. This initial maintenance treatment will help your floor repel dirt.  It is very important to perform initial maintenance.


  1. Sweep floor thoroughly with a clean, untreated cotton dust mop.

  2. Mix *Pulastic Mat Cleaner with tap water using a 30 to 1 ratio.  (Water does not need to be hot for the initial maintenance.)

  3. Damp-mop entire floor surface with cleaner/water solution.

  4. Allow solution to dry on floor.

  5. Do not use scrubber-vac for 28 days after initial installation.




  1. SWEEP DAILY with a clean, untreated cotton dust mop. Wash mop with periodically to remove dirt built-up.  It is important to routinely remove dirt and grit from the floor.  If allowed to build-up, dirt, grit and grime will dull the look of the floor and make long-term maintenance more difficult.

  2.  SPOT CLEAN AS NEEDED.  Refer to Spot Removal.  



Depending on frequency of use, surface may require daily mopping.  


  1. Sweep floor with a clean, untreated dust mop.

  2. Mix *Basic Cleaner with hot tap water (approximately 120° – 130°), using a 30 to 1 water-to-cleaner ratio for typical weekly or monthly maintenance.

  3. Note:  If the floor is extremely dirty, use a 30:1 ratio for the hot tap water and *Basic Cleaner.

  4. Apply cleaner/water solution to floor with a rotary disc auto scrubber  and scrub slowly with the vacuum on and the squeegee in the down position, using a red scrub pad.  Place “wet floor” signs.  Allow floor to dry overnight.

  5. For a more extensive, periodic cleaning, apply cleaner/water solution to floor with a rotary disc auto scrubber by turning the vacuum off with the squeegee in the up position.  Allow solution to stand on floor for 10 minutes to release and loosen dirt (emulsify), but do not allow cleaner to dry.  Scrub slowly with the rotary brush scrubber or auto scrubber, vacuum on and the squeegee in the down position, using a blue scrub pad.  Place “wet floor” signs.  Allow floor to dry overnight. 



SCHEDULE A YEARLY VISIT WITH FOSTER SPECIALTY FLOORS.  A yearly floor inspection will determine if any changes are needed with your maintenance schedule. Proper care and maintenance will keep your floor looking great for years. If damage or extreme use is encountered your floor can rejuvenated to a “like new” condition, making it last “Forever”!

Spot Removal


Remove difficult stains and/or scuff marks with a NON-ABRASIVE CLEANER.  Mr. Clean Magic Erasers will work on most stubborn spots and scuff marks.  Wet the spot and gently rub, rinse with clean water. Stronger cleaning agents (e.g., acetone, denatured alcohol ) can be used for tar removal.  Floor must be rinsed with water following use of solvent.  FAILURE TO REMOVE SOLVENT COULD RESULT IN PERMANENT DISCOLORATION OF FLOOR.  Before using any solvents, test a small area (in corner for example) to determine best results.


  • Keep dust and grit off floor.  (Use walk-off mats at entrances)

  • Avoid use of low-quality footwear that cause excessive scuffing.

  • Tables, chairs and moveable equipment should have proper functioning “glides” to minimize indentations.

  • Do not wax or seal your floor.

  • Use only the recommended cleaners.

  • Do not allow water or liquids to stand on floor.

  • When using a battery operated auto scrubber, be sure it is properly maintained so battery acid or oil does not leak on the floor.

  • Failure to follow these recommendations may result in your floor becoming dull/shiny, sticky/slippery, in other words the appearance and performance can change.

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All dance disciplines can be conducted on vinyl. Usage cycles and abuse will dictate wear rates of the vinyl. Tap shoes should be inspected for tightness of screws in the heel and toe areas. Fiberglass taps are recommended. Digging of tap shoes onto the dance vinyl can cause damage and pre-mature wear.

Vinyl is intended for dance usage. Vinyl should be thoroughly cleaned following installation and periodically using warm water and one of the cleaning products listed below water and a well- squeezed sponge mop or a 175 RPM rotary cleaner fitted with a soft brush, or black or red Scothchbrite pad. NEVER FLOOD WITH WATER. Use minimum water to clean. Rinse with clean warm water, again, using the least amount

required to clear the cleaning agent.

General Cleaning

For general cleaning, use a standard, dedicated push broom, (non-treated) or vacuum, mopping with water and cleaning agent only when necessary. Use (non-treated) walk off mats at doorways. Discourage general traffic and street shoes onto the dance vinyl. Check that the legs of chairs, tables, etc. are equipped with feet and are not sharp ended.

Visually inspect the dance vinyl periodically and repair all rips, tears, punctures, and seam separations prior to introduction of cleaning liquid to the vinyl. If damaged, welded seams should be inspected for tears or fall-out of weld. If seam taping, gaffer's tape should be replaced frequently and should be in place prior to mopping the vinyl.


For spot cleaning, gently hand scrub using recommended cleaner and warm water along with a medium coarse scrubbing. Never grind the cleaning pad into the vinyl.

DO NOT USE "SIMPLE GREEN" or any "organically based" type cleaner that will effect PH. 

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