Hardwood floors bring harmony, elegance and beauty to your entire home. It’s true that we all want to keep our hardwood floors in great condition, but most of us don’t know how. One of the best things about hardwood floors is that they are simple to clean and maintain. However, you do want to be mindful of your method of cleaning because some methods could end up damaging your floors.
To protect your floors from all the grime and dirt outside, make sure to place mats outside and inside your exterior doors. It is a good practice to have your family and guests take off their shoes when they enter the door to lessen the amount of dirt that gets on your hardwood floors. Rain, dirt, mud and other things that get tracked through the door can damage your floors. However, with the proper care, hardwood floors can last for decades and are extremely durable.
For regular cleaning all you need to do is sweep or vacuum your floors. It is important to do this regularly because dirt and dust build up can damage the floors. If you are using a vacuum cleaner make sure that it either doesn’t have a rotating brush or that the rotating brush is turned off. If the rotating brush is turned on it could end up hurting the floors. Vacuums are great because they suck up the dirt and dust that gets in the cracks and all the hard to reach places.
At least twice a year it is good to do a deeper cleaning. Never wet-mop your wood floors. Any amount of sitting water on your wood floors can cause damage. If you are using a liquid agent it is important that you wring your rag out until it is damp – not wet. Then with the damp cloth you can clean your wood floors. The type of product that you use for cleaning your floor will depend on the finish of your floor so be sure to use the right type of cleaner.
If you are attempting to remove a stain, you must avoid harsh chemical products, sandpaper, steel or wool to remove the mark. It will only make things worse and might irremediably damage the finish. When it comes to scuffs, most of them are rather light and you should be able to remove them with a sock or a tennis ball. For heavier scuffs, let baking soda do its magic: apply it to a damp cloth and rub the mark until it goes away.
Another important note worth mentioning: it is important to clean spills quickly and never let them dry on the floor. Blot them right away with an absorbent cloth. Standing water is not good for hardwood floors as it can get soaked into the wood and damage the wood. In addition, be especially mindful of spills containing acidic juices or products as they can eat away at the wood’s finish.
Contrarily to what you might have heard somewhere else, never ever use vinegar! Their acidic nature is likely to damage the coating. Remember that in most cases, dusting and vacuuming are often enough to maintain a nice and shiny hardwood floor.