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What Is the Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors?

What Is the Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors?

The best way to clean hardwood floors starts with preventing damage and dirt, using the proper pH cleaners, and employing the right cleaning techniques. Check out following suggestions to help keep your hardwood floors in pristine condition for many years.

Start With Floor Mats

A lot of damage can be prevented by placing a sturdy floor mat by each entry and exit area. Mats will trap dirt from shoes or boots and protect the wood floor from being scratched by small pieces of bark or pebbles from outdoors. In addition, an area that may get wet from a kitchen sink or bar should have a mat. It is best to use mats that are specifically designed for hardwood flooring. Mats with rubber backing or those without any ventilation can hurt the wood.

What Cleaner to Use

For a well-finished hardwood floor, water-based cleaners are safe and easy products to use. A PH neutral cleaner works the best on brand new floor finishes. Pre-finished hardwood floor manufacturers often suggest their own cleaners for regular maintenance.

Cleaning Techniques

How you clean depends upon the finish and installation of the wood flooring. With finish-in-place floors, you can use a terrycloth mop that is 8 by 14 inches. It should have a rotating head that easily cleans baseboards, corners, and underneath cabinets. A water-based cleaner works well for normal cleaning. For tough stains, apply a spray that does not dull the floor’s finish and is suggested by the retailer.

Can Mopping Work?

A mop can be used if it is only slightly damp, with a little cleaning solution on it. Place the mop in a bucket and wring out the solution, until it is almost dry. A lot of water can make the wood flooring swell up and crack or splinter. Mop the floor two times: first to break apart the dirt and second use a rinsed mop to remove any remaining dirt. For a pre-finished floor, take a towel or a buffer machine to dry the floor.

Handy Cleaning Tools

For optimal results, purchase a high-quality broom. By regularly sweeping pieces of dirt or dust particles, you can prevent scratches and wear and tear on the floor. Also, to clean tight places such as the groves between the planking, use a vacuum cleaner that does not have a beater bar. After the grease and dirt are removed, a bit of buffing can help bring back the hardwood floor’s luster.

 

Resources

“How to clean a hardwood floor.” Find Flooring Stores – How to Choose and Buy Floors for Your Home — WFCA.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2010. http://www.wfca.org/hardwood/care.aspx.

“Wood Floor Doctor.com Learn the Best Methods to Hardwood Floor Cleaning Part 1.” Wood Floor Doctor.com Your Professional Guide to Wood Floors. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2010. http://www.woodfloordoctor.com/_how_tos/articles/cleanpt1.shtml.

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