Although cleaning hardwood floors for the most part consists of nothing more than simple regular maintenance, there are also protective steps that you should take in order to maintain the health and beauty of your hardwood floors for as long as possible. Cleaning hardwood floors properly and regularly will ensure that they will last and stay strong and beautiful in your home for years to come.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
The most basic step in cleaning hardwood floors is sweeping. Sweeping should be done on a regular basis, with a soft, fine bristle broom. Vacuuming once or twice a week to remove dirt and sand is also important, and you should use a soft brush attachment on the vacuum in order to minimize scratching.
Remember that if any water gets on to the hardwood floor, you must get rid of it immediately, as water is one of a wood floor’s worst enemies. If any rugs or runners are on the hardwood floors, you must remember to vacuum these often so that dirt does not have a chance to filter through the weave and result in scratching the wood underneath.
Cleaning hardwood floors also consists of taking care of them, and not dragging furniture across your hardwood floor is a factor of utmost importance. Instead, clean the hardwood floor thoroughly to remove any dust or dirt and then use furniture pads to allow you to ‘glide’ the furniture across the floor without scratching the wood underneath.
Also, you should remember to always use area rugs in high traffic areas, always remove spills promptly, and be sure to find out cleaning and care requirements for your specific floor from the manufacturer.
Damp mopping is the fastest and best way to deep-clean solid hardwood floors, and depending on how much use your floor gets, you may have to mop it as often as once a week. You should use a neutral pH wood cleaner and water, or a manufacturer-recommended product.
Wet the mop and wring it until it is half dry, wet the floor with the mop, and then wring it as dry as you can and mop over the floor again. If your floors are properly sealed, the little extra water and cleaner required will not hurt your hardwood floor, but remember to use common sense.
If in the end you cannot restore your hardwood floor’s luster with deep cleaning or by simply buffing, you may want to then apply a maintenance coat.