Cleaning Wood Floors

Cleaning wood floors is very important. This is because the better care you take of your wood floors, the longer your floors will maintain their original beauty.

Here are some tips to remember:

  • Make sure to purchase a high quality broom so that you can sweep your floor regularly of dirt, dust and other particles.
  • Also, you will need a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar, to get in between the boards and other hard to reach areas.
  • Deeper cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor.
    • ”Finish in Place” hardwood floors: Using an 8”x14” terrycloth mop with a rotating head makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards as simple as pie.Professional cleaning products recommended by your flooring retailer can be used to remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your wood floor.
    • Makers of “Pre-finished” floors recommend their own specific products for routine maintenance. Check with your retailer for details.
  • Floor mats are a great thing when it comes to hardwood floors. Tiny particles, like dirt, can act like sandpaper and scratch your wood. By putting a floor mat at each entryway and encouraging family members and guests to wipe their feet, the majority of dirt and grime will remain on the mat. Also put a floor mat or rug in any area where water could be splashed like near the kitchen sink. This will hinder any possible water damage.Note that rubber-backed or non-ventilated floor mats or rugs can damage your floor. Instead use floor mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and be sure to shake them out regularly.

Here are some additional things to remember when cleaning wood floors:

  • Do not wax a wood floor with a urethane finish;
  • Use only cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue;
  • Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor;
  • Use a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove occasional scuffs and heel marks (just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly);
  • Do not wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).
  • Clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge; and
  • Minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately.

Information for cleaning wood floors is from: World Floor Covering Association – Consumer Flooring Guide

Dave Altman

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