Wood floors are considered for their rich appearance, impermeability, durability and resistance to stains. With the poor cleaning and maintenance of these floors, the elegance associated with these floor structures becomes of little or no use as the quality of the floor is reduced.
Below are four ways on how you can clean your wood floors:
1. dry sweeping the floor
This is the simplest way of ensuring that your wooden floor stays at its best. The type of broom or brush used should be highly considered as it affects the quality of your floor. I would recommend you dry sweep the floor daily or whenever dirt appease using a soft broom or brush to ensure your floor remains scratch free and of best quality.
2. Cleaning using a vacuum cleaner
Further removal of dirt and debris can be done using a canister vacuum which can be done on a weekly basis. You simply need to acquire a vacuum cleaner containing bare floor cleaning settings. This option prevents the vacuum beater from spinning which is essential in preventing damage of your wood flooring. If you need to vacuum into deep corners, consider the vacuum hose which will make it easier to access these corners and found on most of the best vacuums for hardwood floors.
3. Deep cleaning of the floors
I recommend this type of cleaning to be done yearly using a wood cleaning product. You need to apply this particular product on a rag mop or sponge using the correct manufacturer’s instructions. If it is a dilution solution, use the recommended procedures and ensure that the room is properly ventilated to ensure the floor dries quickly. These products ensure that stubborn stains are removed thus offering a better alternative to scrubbers and other options that may damage your floor This type of cleaning may require you to consult with a specialist or professional to ensure permanent damage doesn’t occur to your floors.
This should be done at a maximum of two times per week. This cleaning practice should be done with a damp mop or cloth. Note that that the mop should be damp but not wet as water can easily destroy your wood floor.
Mopping is aimed at removing dust from your floor crevices and also pet hair off, if you have one. It is better to maintain the beauty of your wood floor rather than continuously cleaning it. Proper maintenance makes your floor look new as ever at the same time increasing its durability. It can also reduce the general cost of cleaning wood floors if properly done.
Tips on Maintenance
Ensure that dirt and grit have minimum contact with your floor. This foreign material may act as sandpaper when walked upon thus destroying your floor. It is easy to prevent this by properly wiping your shoes before entering your house Avoid as much water on your floor as possible by ensuring any form of spill is wiped immediately.
Sun rays can cause the material to warp and fade thus the need to keep curtains closed during the day to prevent direct exposure of the wood to sun rays. Prevent scratches from moving heavy furniture by placing felt tips on legs of chairs and tables. I recommend lifting of furniture if possible rather than dragging it. Ensure that your pets nails are trimmed and free from dirt for easy maintenance of your floor.
Enquire on each product you use on your floor such as wax and properly research on it to know its benefits and effects.