Hardwood floors are timeless, and will probably always be the number one choice in homes around the world. They can make any room look more refined, but can seem overwhelming to clean.
Hardwood floors must be cleaned regularly to prevent debris and other particles from scratching the surface. With so many different cleaning techniques, it’s difficult to find what works best.
Our floors take a beating on a daily basis with grit, grime, dirt, dust, mud, food, and pet stains. The good news is that it’s easy to achieve beautiful, clean floors. Here are some of the best ways you can keep your hardwood floors looking fresh and polished every day.
1. Routine Cleaning
Taking small, preventative steps each day will help to minimize the time you spend cleaning your hardwood floors. To limit tracked dirt, use floor mats at all entryways, and keep a rag nearby to clean small puddles.
If possible, ask family members to remove their shoes before entering the home, especially if you live in an area where it snows.
Consider vacuuming your floor at least once a week to prevent dust and excessive pet hair from accumulating. You’ll want to clean heavy traffic areas more frequently.
2. Use Gentle Cleaning Products
We recommend that you use a cleaning product that is specifically designed for hardwood floors. It’s important to distinguish if your floor has an oiled finish, or a urethane finish before attempting to remove stains.
Oiled finishes are common for floors that haven’t been resealed. They should always be cleaned using minimum water to prevent damage.
Urethane finished floors are more durable, and require minimal care. You can clean both, naturally, using 1/2 cup vinegar mixed with one gallon of warm water.
Saturate a mop with a microfiber pad in the solution, and then wring it out until damp. Mop your floors in the same direction to prevent streaks, and let it air dry.
3. Remove Surface Scratches
Hardwood floors and scratches go hand in hand. Over time, dirt, furniture legs, pet claws, and shoes will create unsightly scuffs and scratches on your beautiful floors.
If you take care of small scratches the moment they’re noticed, you shouldn’t have to refinish your entire floor later on. A reputable floor cleaner with a protective finish can repair small scratches.
Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a damp cloth, gently rub over the scratch, and let it dry. Polishing your hardwood floors once every two months is your best defense against surface damage.
4. Hire A Professional Cleaning Service
Hiring a house cleaning service will ensure that your floors are properly sanitized, cleaned, and protected. They use a variety of products that, typically, you can’t find yourself.
Professional cleaners know how to care for hardwood floors, and are well-versed on different finishes. Having your floors cleaned regularly by a cleaning service will increase the life of your hardwood floors dramatically.
It will also lighten your load, giving you more free time for yourself or your family. In between professional cleanings, be sure to sweep and mop frequently to prevent stains, and help keep your hardwood floors looking fabulous.