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How To Clean Hardwood Floors.
Steps to Keep Wood Floors Maintained

by Canadian Sanders

How To Clean Wood Floors

Wood floors are a great addition to any home as they bring a natural warmth and beauty. They are also durable and can last for many years with proper care. If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking stunning, you should follow these tips on how to clean them.

When cleaning wood floors, whether made of oak, pine, bamboo, or other types of wood, the methods are generally the same. However, it’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer to see if there are any specific instructions for your particular floor.

Dust and Sweep Weekly

The first step in cleaning wood floors is removing debris that can dull or scratch the surface. This can be done by sweeping or vacuuming the floors regularly. Adopting a regular cleaning routine is the best way to keep your hardwood floors looking their best.

For daily cleaning, it’s recommended to use a broom or dry hardwood floor microfiber mop. A microfiber dust mop that has been pre-treated with a dusting agent is ideal, as it will pick up dust and dirt without scratching the surface of your floors.

For weekly cleaning, using a vacuum cleaner with a “hard floor” setting is a good idea. Use a vacuum cleaner that’s works solely by suction.

Dam Mop

If you want to keep your hardwood floors clean, it’s essential to clean heavily used areas more often, about once every week or two. A great way to clean hardwood floors is to use a dry flat microfiber mop and a cleaner designed for hardwood floors, following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. When mopping your floors, make sure to wring out most of the water so the mop is damp and not sopping wet. It’s also important to rinse the mop when necessary and avoid leaving any standing water on the floor, which can damage the wood, especially if it’s prefinished hardwood. However, do not use steam cleaning on hardwood floors, as it could damage the wood. Also, avoid using DIY wood floor cleaner containing vinegar, which can harm the finish. Lastly, please don’t use harsh detergents that are not designed for hardwood floor cleaning, as they can dull the surface of your floor or ruin them.
Your floors should dry quickly; dry the floor with a microfiber cloth to speed up the process.

Touch Ups

Keeping your hardwood floors clean is essential, but occasional scratches and dullness can be frustrating; you can easily fix or make them less noticeable. Scratch concealers can be effective and won’t come off during cleaning. You can also restore the shine with wood floor polish, protecting your floor from wear and tear and filling in minor scratches. Wood floor polish must be removed when applying a new polyurethane to the floor. Other options include repair kits, scratch repair kits, and touch-up kits. For real hardwood floors, try lightly sanding and applying a new finish to restore the natural beauty of the wood.

Maintenace

If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking great, taking good care of them is important. One of the best ways to do this is to stick to a regular maintenance schedule. Here are some tips to help you keep your hardwood floors in tip-top shape:

– To remove dirt and debris, sweep, dust, or dry mop your floors daily. This will help prevent scratches and scuffs.

– Vacuum your floors weekly to pick up any dirt your broom or dust mop might have missed.

– Clean heavy-traffic areas twice a month with a damp microfiber mop. Be sure to wring out your mop well so you don’t leave too much moisture on the floor.

– Use a recommended hardwood floor cleaner to clean your floors once a month. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and avoid using too much water.

– Apply a fresh professional grade finish every three to seven years. This will help protect your floor from need to be fully sanded. 

– Fully Sand and refinish your floor every 10 to 25 years to fully restore the natural beauty.

By following these tips, you can help keep your hardwood floors looking great for years to come.

Summary 

Taking care of your hardwood floors is crucial to maintain their stunning appearance. One effective way to prevent damage is by placing floor mats in every entryway of your home. This way, everyone can wipe their feet before entering, keeping dirt and debris off your floors. For areas that experience heavy foot traffic, consider using rugs to protect the floor from wear and tear. If you’re worried about furniture scratching your floors, you can use mats or furniture pads to create a barrier between them.

Additionally, when moving furniture, it’s crucial to use furniture sliders to prevent scratches and make it easier to move heavy objects. In case of spills, always clean them up as quickly as possible to prevent stains. Make a habit of sweeping daily, vacuuming weekly, and mopping every week or two to keep your floors in excellent condition. You can easily find all the hardwood floor cleaning supplies you need by ordering online or buying from grocery stores, hardwood flooring suppliers, or big box stores.

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