Hardwood floors are loved for their warmth and elegant look. They are durable and resilient but need good care to keep looking fresh. Poor cleaning techniques, sand, snow and dirt can cause damage hardwood floors.
You need to find out the best cleaning tips that will make your hardwood floors last and look as good as new. Hardwood floors are a huge investment that must be protected through proper cleaning and care.
There is a lot of dirt, sand and fine debris tracked in that must be removed on a daily basis. Regular sweeping and vacuuming will keep the floor clean and protect the floor from damage. The debris on the floor is left to accumulate and settle will find its way into the floor surface scratching the wood and making it dull. Don’t use a broom with tough bristles or the kitchen broom that will besmirch the hardwood floor with slimy food particles.
Use a dry dust cloth to go over the floor thoroughly to pick up any tiny particles like dog hair that the vacuum or broom might have missed.
Mop Once a Week
You can mop hardwood floors using a damp mop or sponge and water-based cleaner weekly or monthly according to manufacturer’s recommendation. Don’t use a wet mop that will allow excess water puddle on the hardwood floor.
Surface treated wood floors must be cleaned with a specially formulated product along with a damp mop to collect the dissolved dirt.
Observe the following when cleaning Hardwood Floors
Don’t scratch the floor surface with a rough sponge or scrap with a knife which could gouge the wood.
Avoid using detergent, bleach or ammonia.
Don’t use oil-based soap particularly for floors sealed with polyurethane. The seal will be damaged and the residue will settle in between the wood.
Run the air conditioner or ceiling fan when the weather is humid.
According to Anago of Manitoba you should not attempt to remove a mark before you establish the type of finish used on your hardwood floor. For a hard finish such as urethane, the stain most likely be on the surface. For older floors with the soft-oiled finish, you may find the stain has penetrated to the wood. You only need a soft and clean cloth to wipe off stains from the surface of a hard finish. Avoid harsh chemical or rough materials such as steel wool and sandpaper that can damage the finish.
For soft oiled finishes, complete each treatment by staining the wood followed by some waxing and buffing of the spot to blend with the rest of the floor.
Rub pet stains and dark spots using the No. 000 steel wool together with floor wax. If the dark spot still persists then apply vinegar or bleach and let it sit and soak directly into the wood for not less than an hour. Finally use a damp cloth to rinse the spot. Rub in the floor wax onto the wood using the fine steel wool.
To get rid of oil-based stains first, break down the grease by rubbing the spot using a microfiber cloth and dishwashing detergent. Repeat the procedure several times until the spot clears. As the spot dries ensure there are no pets or children around the room. Finally use fine sandpaper to smoothen the raised grain.
In the case of white stains/water marks simply rub the area using the No. 000 steel wool along floor wax. If the stain has penetrated deeper then sand the floor lightly and sue a combination of odorless mineral spirits and fine steel wool to clean the spot.
The best method to clean your hardwood floors will ultimately depend on the type of floor installed. Follow these simple tips and keep your hardwood floors clean and elegant for many years to come.