Hardwood floors can be a gorgeous feature in your home, one that you will want to protect. To keep your hardwood floors clean and looking like new, it is critical to know how to properly clean them without causing any further damage. For instance, mopping a hardwood floors like a sailor would swab the deck – slopping around tons of water and suds- is the number one no-no. Any amount of excess water on hardwood floors can cause discoloration, swelling and cracking. You can protect against this kind of damage by giving your floor a coat of polyurethane clear finish, but it’s still important to keep liquids off the wood. Here are some other tips for how to safely clean your hardwood floors.
Just say no to shoes. The majority of dirt and grime found on floors is tracked in on your shoes. So, an excellent way to limit your cleaning chores is to stop the dirt at the door. Kindly request that your guests remove their shoes before making themselves at home. Shoes, especially high heels, can also leave dents and scratches behind. If you’re thinking this is too much to ask, then be sure to use plenty of rugs, mats and runners in high traffic areas.
Streamline your cleaning process by first dusting your floor with a soft mop that’s been treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, pet hair and other particles that could scratch the surface of the floor. We know the word “swiffer” just came to your mind, but we must advise that these disposable mop cloths can still allow what they collect to scrape the floor. Higher quality dust mops are thicker and softer, preventing the scratches. For periodical cleaning you can use a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or an electric broom. We must also warn you not to use a vacuum with a traditional beater bar, which can scratch your floor’s finish.
Tougher grime can build up over time and can’t always be removed by a weekly dust mopping. For occasional deep cleaning, use a wood-specific cleaning product and dilute it according to the label instructions. You could also mix a bit of white vinegar with warm water (no more than a cap full of vinegar to a gallon of water) for deep cleaning. Saturate a sponge or rag mop with the mixture and then wring it out so it is almost completely dry and feels damp to the touch. Damp-mop the floor and rinse with a clean damp mop, but only if the cleaning product suggests it. If the weather is humid like it often is here in Charlotte, turn on your ceiling fan or air-conditioner to speed up the drying process.
Serious Business: Stains and Spills
Once you have beautiful hardwood floors, your goal is to keep from having to refinish it, which can be necessary after large stains— especially water stains. Any spill should be wiped up immediately, but if you wind up with a stain or mark on your hardwood floors, here’s what you can do:
Crayon marks and oil spills: freeze the area with an ice pack, then gently scrape off the wax or hardened oil with a credit card
Burns and scuff marks: use a very small amount or rubbing alcohol or a tiny dab of Mineral Spirits
Pet stains: apply an enzymatic wood-safe cleaner
Nail polish: use a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol or Mineral Spirits
Blood: Sponge it with cold water, if it’s tough then sponge it with a solution of ammonia and cold water.
If you do end up with a large stain or water damage, give us a call or send us an email and we will be happy to discuss your options for refinishing your hardwood floor.
One of the most important requirements of hardwood floors is maintenance on regular basis. The hardwood floors at your place should be waxed and cleaned very often, if one desires a smoothness or shine for a long lasting and durable floor. If you are a person dealing with a hectic schedule then this task will turn out to be quite difficult for you. When it comes to cleaning a hardwood floors, AllBrite Carpet Cleaning delivers expert service you will grow accustomed to.
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