How to Clean Hardwood Floors
If you own a hardwood floor then you know how important it is to regularly maintain it. Hardwood floors are known for their beauty and durability, but they also require some care. Engineered wood and laminate floors were designed to get the look of real hardwood (and even in the case of laminated products, a smooth surface of real hardwood) with few if any of the complications of real hardwood. Both still require a simple sweep, vacuum, or light dust mop every day, and both can be easily damp mopped with a damp cloth once in a while. But if you want your hardwood floor to sparkle, look like new, and last for years to come, then you must do more than just sweep and mop. In this article, we’ll show you some extra things that you can do to improve the condition of your hardwood flooring.
To improve hardwood floor cleaning in general, the easiest thing you can do is invest in some high-quality floor cleaners. These will work best if you have an existing floor covering, such as tiles or carpeting. However, it’s not necessary to purchase new floor coverings if you have a wood floor. You can simply use the same cleaners that you use on your regular flooring. Just make sure to use them on a wooden floor only; these products can cause damage to other types of flooring.
When it comes to hardwood floor cleaning, the most important part is to vacuum as often as possible. Even if your floors are vacuumed at least once a week by a householder who uses the cleaner as instructed, you may not be getting all the dirt you can get out of your floors every time you vacuum. The average upright vacuum cleaner will not reach all the corners and crevices in your rooms. If you want to make sure that the dirt that’s vacuumed gets thoroughly removed, it’s recommended that you use a suction-only vacuum. A suction-type vacuum can reach deeper into the fibers and suck up more dirt from the floor.
Another useful tool for hardwood floor cleaning is a good mop. Microfiber mops are made to be very easy to use; they can also remove lots of dirt. For maximum effectiveness, you should use a mop that contains detergent, which will help to lift off the soil and dead skin cells from your floors. It’s a good idea to use a mop with soft bristles, so as not to harm your carpets.
Using a regular vacuum with a good hard brush can be very helpful as well. It’s important not to just blast your hardwood floors clean, but to also buff them gently. This helps to preserve their life and beauty. I recommend using a damp cloth (without soap) to wipe the surface before and after you do your hardwood floor cleaning. This will help you preserve the shine on your floors have.
Your hardwood floors will look great when you keep them clean and maintained properly. A vacuum, broom, mop, and microfiber mop are just a few tools you’ll need to do a thorough job. You may even want to invest in a power washer for those really stubborn stains. And remember, nothing is too difficult if you’re willing to put in a little work. A fresh coat of cedar polish or protector is a great way to preserve the life and beauty of your floors.