Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and with a bit of care, can last for decades. They help brighten up any room and can add elegance and character to your home. It’s not surprising that hardwood is one of the most popular home flooring options.
Cleaning a hardwood floor is a fairly simple process, but it is important to know a few basics, so you don’t damage the finish. In this post, we’ll take you through the process of a standard clean for hardwood floors and a more intensive heavy duty clean, along with a discussion of the different types of hardwood floors.
So get ready! Here is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about caring for your hardwood flooring.
Know Your Hardwood
The first step in knowing how to clean your hardwood floor is to understand what type of flooring you have, along with the type of finish. If you have a new floor, check with the manufacturer for their cleaning recommendations. Most wood floor cleaners are safe for new floors sealed with a polyurethane finish, but you need to be careful with unfinished or waxed flooring.
You should also be careful cleaning your floors with vinegar and water. When diluted with water, vinegar makes a good cleaner for sticky spots and stains, but it can dull the finish over time. It’s best to stick with the recommended cleaner.
How To Clean Hardwood Floors
The best way to care for your hardwood floors is to keep dirt, dust and debris off the floors in the first place. As you walk across the floor, your feet drag dirt particles, and any dust or crumbs can act like sandpaper to scratch the finish.
A sweep with a dust mop every few days and a vacuum once a week should be enough to keep most dirt off your floors and keep them looking shiny. Be sure not to use a rotary attachment on your vacuum, as this can scratch the finish.
In most homes, you only need to thoroughly clean your hardwood floor every six months or so. If you have messy pets and young kids that track more dirt onto your floor, you may need to deep clean a bit more often. A thorough clean means a mop of your entire floor with a hardwood floor cleaner. We’ll take you through it step by step.
- Move all your furniture and belongings to one side of the room, so you have a clear open space.
- Sweep up dirt and dust with a dry mop or broom, or give your floor a thorough vacuum with the hardwood floor attachment. Move with the grain of the wood, so you don’t grind dirt into the finish.
- Use your vacuum to suck up any dirt left behind in the cracks or spaces inbetween your floorboards.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to dilute the floor cleaner or use a spray bottle if it is already prepared. Using a damp cloth or mop (be sure it is damp and not wet), begin by wiping down one small section of your floor. You want to get the cleaner onto the floor without soaking it.
- Move section by section across the floor, cleaning one area at a time until you’ve finished the entire floor. Be sure to wipe up any excess moistur with a dry mop or cloth as you go.
- If you have scuffs or stains that didn’t come out after mopping, you can make a thin paste from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the scuff and gently scrubb the area. It is important not to scrub too hard that you take off the finish. Just scrub away the marks and wipe with a clean damp cloth to finish.
With some basic care, your hardwood floors will keep their shine and stay beautiful for years to come. If you are looking for new hardwood flooring or have any questions about how to care for your hardwood floor, give the experts at Duby’s Home Centre a call. We carry a wide selection of the top brands of flooring, and our pros would be happy to help with your next home reno project. Get in touch today!