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Keeping Your Hardwood Floors Looking Their Best
Proper floor care for your hardwoods
Hardwood floor cleaning to people who are not experienced with hardwood floors can leave a person with the deer in headlights look. Some people think that the extent of hardwood floor cleaning is taking a wet rag and spot cleaning little areas of the floor. Even though it is not as involved as cleaning carpets, it is important to take the proper steps to clean your hardwood floor properly so that it can last for years and years to come. Here are a couple of tips that can help.
Basic hardwood floor maintenance
Basic hardwood floor cleaning starts with basic preventative maintenance. This can be started by routinely dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with some sort of dusting agent. A dusting agent will assist with picking up dust, dirt, pet hair and other small particles that could potentially scratch your hardwood floor.
Every one to two weeks, it would be a good idea to use the floor brush attachment on your vacuum on an electric broom to do a more thorough cleaning of your floor. Be careful, however, of using a vacuum with a beater bar attachment. This beater bar could scratch the hardwood floor’s finish, which is something you absolutely do not want to do. If none of those things are available, a dry Swiffer or something like it will do the trick.
Even though doing a weekly or biweekly cleaning will get your ahead of the game, it will not prevent dirt, oil and grime build up that can happen over time. For these things, it will take a little extra elbow greens to keep those hardwood floors sparkling.
Make it look even better!
To give you hardwood floors that extra attention, use a wood cleaning product and follow the directions on how to dilute it. If you don’t dilute the cleaning product correctly, you could cause more harm to your floor than good.
Damp-mop the floor, making sure that the mop that you’re using is not oversaturated and does not leave standing water on your hardwood floor. Once you’ve applied the wood cleaner to the surface, follow up with a once over with the mop in clean water. Wipe up any excess liquid, and in areas that you can, turn on a ceiling fan or the air conditioner to speed up the drying process.
If you ever have any questions about a specific way to clean your hardwood floor, reach out to a trained hardwood floor professional and they can put you on the right track, as well as assessing any current needs you might have to keep your floor sparkling and bright.