Posted on June 17, 2017
Having hardwood flooring in a home is a beautiful compliment to any architectural design; it enhances an existing floor plan and brings charm to a house, giving it character and ambiance. Hardwood flooring is a great way to liven a home; it is an investment that will last for many years to come, keeping your home adaptable and versatile in design. When you decide to invest in hardwood flooring, keeping it looking new and clean is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the wood. Wood flooring can be relatively easily damaged, but if you stay on top of the maintenance then you can keep your floors looking new for decades. There are specific tools necessary to properly clean hardwood flooring, especially if you don’t want to cause any permanent damage to them; a scratch can turn into a large, corroded spot if you use the incorrect method of cleaning. Once you have a system down, cleaning your hardwood floors can be a pretty easy job for anyone. There are tools and products that are best for hardwood flooring in comparison to other types of flooring because wood material can be easily damaged if you’re not careful.
Don’t use the wrong cleaning product
There are many products advertised for cleaning all types of flooring, and some of them can end up being especially harmful to wood flooring. Cleaning products that contain soap or water can strip the wood of its shiny coating, leaving your floor looking dull. Excessive amounts of water can cause the wood to warp or grow mold beneath the surface. This is problematic, because usually it is difficult to replace only a few boards of wood flooring, and many wood floor consumers end up hiding damaged areas with rugs. Unfortunately, when there is water damage, or any type of damage to wood flooring, it depreciates in value and lessens your initial investment. The best way to clean your wood flooring requires a consistent maintenance process that involves several methods of cleaning, and we’ll explain why.
Keep your floor free from tiny dirt particles
When fine dirt particles are tracked onto wood flooring, they can build up and cause microscopic scratches on the wood boards. When this happens, over time wood flooring becomes dull-looking, which, as previously mentioned, depreciates the value of your investment, and overall doesn’t look so great. Keeping your floor free of these tiny dirt particles as often as possible is a great way to maintain your floor’s integrity and shine for years to come. The most recommended tool for dry cleaning floors is to use a dry mop made of microfiber. This material is the best option for dry cleaning because it especially attracts the tiny dirt particles that can damage your floor. Before you mop or use any moisture to clean your floor, make sure to first dry-mop it so that you get a majority of the dirt particles.
Dry mop your floors before mopping with moisture
If you do not dry mop your floors before mopping them with moisture, then you will run into some issues. When there is remaining dirt left on floors and a wet mop is taken to them, it wets the dirt particles and spreads them around in a kind of sanding motion that will quickly corrode and dull your shiny wood floors. After you dry mop and get a majority of the dirt and debris off the flooring, then you can wet mop. When we say, “wet,” we mean slightly damp—not saturated with liquid. There are some cleaning products that are safe to use on wood flooring, but be sure to check with the manufacturer beforehand. Using a soft material that will not scratch your flooring, you can dampen the mop with only water, or you can use your favorite cleaning product. After your floors have been sufficiently cleaned, you should routinely seal or wax them so the shine remains intact and adds a protective coating to prevent scratches. There are also a number of different products that can help repair scratches if need be. You can also look into professional hardwood floor cleaning companies in your area that will be able to give you further advice on your particular flooring and the best way to maintain the floors quality for years to come.