Hardwood floors are very beautiful, and many people consider them for living rooms or other public areas in their homes. However, some people are afraid to have hardwood floors because they think they are too hard to clean. It’s true that hardwood flooring can take a bit of special care to keep them clean. If you don’t have the time or inclination to take care of your hardwood floors properly, you should probably consider other materials for your floor.
Hardwood floors can be long-lasting and get more beautiful with time. Here are the steps to take when cleaning your floors.
1. Don’t use water.
Hardwood floors can be damaged if water penetrates the wood. Therefore, they’re not recommended for a bathroom or kitchen. When cleaning hardwood, use a damp cloth or mop, or a cleaner designed for wood flooring.
2. Use a soft cloth or mop.
Hardwood floors have different hardness levels, and most floors are made from harder woods. However, you can dent or scratch hardwood floors. In order to avoid any scratches, use a soft cloth or a soft mop for regular cleaning. This is the best technique for wood paneling, counters or shelving.
3. Protect hardwood floors with varnish or polyurethane.
For longer-lasting wood floors, protect them with a clear or colored finish that will repel water and add a layer of protection. This finish should be reapplied every few years because it can wear away over time. However, it will keep your floors in beautiful shape and provide protection from daily mishaps and spills.
4. Dust or sweep hardwood floors often.
By dusting or sweeping daily or every few days, dirt doesn’t have as much time to wear against the wood and finish. It also makes the floors easier to keep clean.
5. Don’t use hard chemicals and detergents.
Vinegar, soap, wax and steam cleaning will damage hardwood over time by dulling the finish or damaging the wood itself.
6. Use a mop paired with a machine-washable microfiber pad.
After each use, wash the pad to use it again. Electrostatic action attracts dirt, microparticles and common household allergens.