After learning to clean your hardwood floors correctly, it will only be something you wish you’d known sooner, with how simple it is. However, it is important not to get caught up in misinformation spread online, which will result in your beautiful flooring being damaged. Whether your floor is brand new or has been installed for years, it is important to make sure you continually take care of it so that it maintains its fresh look.
Using the wrong cleaning products or not keeping on top of your cleaning routine can result in a buildup of dust, debris, and dirt that are regularly brought into our homes from the outside. When this build-up is accumulated, not only will this show in the appearance of your hardwood floors but can also cause damage to the finish. So, to ensure your floor has a natural shine all year round, what exactly should you do?
What Will You Need?
The process of cleaning hardwood floors is relatively easy. This can be accomplished using a mild detergent. You can readily purchase hardwood floor cleaning solution products or use a diluted pH-neutral soap such as washing up liquid.
Although your first instinct may be to turn to use a mop and bucket, this will eventually lead to damage to your hardwood flooring. When too much moisture interacts with your flooring, you may notice a wavy or rippled appearance. This is known as ‘cupping’, which although can be reversed, you will save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you take preventative measures first.
Now that you’re ready to start cleaning, before you begin, give your floor a vacuum and/or dust, which will loosen any dirt that may be hiding away between cracks. When it comes to the cleaning of your floorboards, you will want to use a damp mop or rag. Remember, never use a soaking bucket and mop. If you don’t wish to use a mop or rag, however, you can also purchase a wood floor spray mop kit, specifically designed to clean hardwood floors.
The product will spray your solution onto the floors directly, also taking away the inconvenience of you having to get down low on the floor to scrub! One top tip, regardless of if you use a mop or rag, is to allow your floors to dry while you clean another area. Don’t forget, too much liquid can be detrimental to hardwood flooring.
So, now you know what the dos and don’ts of cleaning your hardwood floor are, happy cleaning! Just be sure to steer clear of any homemade concoctions or DIY cleaning products that you may come across on the internet. An expert will always tell you that almond oil, wax, or apple cider vinegar are never the solution to a healthy hardwood floor!
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