Guide for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are beautiful, classic, and timeless, but if you neglect them, you are likely to be left with scratched, dingy, and dull floors that do not add value to your home. Therefore, to extend the life of your hardwood floors, it is important to develop a consistent habit of cleaning them. So, get that mop and broom ready: here are the best ways to clean hardwood floors as follows:
Daily sweeping is a vital step in the regular maintenance of hardwood floors. Small dirt particles from shoes often find their way to your home and these can easily scratch the wood floor surface. A good broom with durable, soft bristles is thus a wise investment in order to get the job properly done.
Vacuuming floor boards
Contrary to most people’s beliefs, vacuuming does not just apply to carpets. You can use your round brush accessory and vacuum extender attachments to suck up dust particles between floorboards that might have been missed while sweeping, as well as dust bunnies found along baseboards. Remember, while bobs and bits might not seem like a big deal at the outset, these pieces could pile up and end up scratching your hardwood floors.
Wax or wash surfaces
The best method of cleaning hardwood floors is determined by the floor’s surface seal. Here is the quick rule of thumb:
- If you have untreated or oil-treated floors, wax them.
- If your floors are surface sealed, use water and soap.
Untreated or oil-treated floors
Varnished, shellacked, lacquered, oil-treated, penetrating-seal and untreated floors require more labor-intensive maintenance as these surfaces are not as resistant to general wear and tear and moisture, and are, therefore, generally treated with wax.
To shine untreated hardwood floors, use a floor stripper to get rid of the old wax from the panels about once a year. Once the floor is dry, apply a thin wax coat and allow it to dry. For ideal results, use a paste or liquid wax that is specifically made for wood floors (water-based or acrylic waxes tend to discolor the woodwork).
These are sealed with polyacrylic, polyurethane, or urethane in order to make them water-damage and stain resistant.
Your floor installer may have already recommended a floor-cleaning product for your hardwood floors, but sometimes it is not possible to use such either due to availability or cost. If this applies to your own floors, then the best solution is water and soap.
Since plain soap is mild enough, you need not worry about it scratching or dulling your finish like other abrasive cleaners usually do.
Simply add a quarter cup dishwashing soap to a bucket of water and begin mopping. Lastly, remember to wring your mop out completely before you start because even though your floor may be sealed, excessive water is still tough on hardwood floors.
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