Hardwood floors are very elegant, but sometimes people hesitate to use it as flooring because of the required maintenance. Honestly, cleaning hardwood floors can be a tedious task, but by using the right tools combined with a little know-how, you’ll be able to accomplish it without even breaking a sweat.
Listed below are 10 useful tips for effective maintenance of hardwood flooring:
1. NEVER Use Water Unless Absolutely Necessary
This is the most important thing that you need to remember. Whatever happens, never use water to clean your precious hardwood. Water can cause the wood to expand and may eventually damage it. You should protect your flooring from rain, and clean spilled liquids immediately with a dry cloth, or mop.
2. Use a Broom or a Vacuum
You can use a broom with fine bristles to clean your floor. The fine bristles will allow you to reach the crevices that hold all the dust. Sometimes, no matter how fine and flexible the bristles of your broom are, it’s just not enough to completely sweep away the dirt. This is where your friend, the vacuum cleaner, comes into play. By using a good hardwood vacuum cleaner, dust and unwanted debris can easily be eliminated. You can even try using a backpack vacuum cleaner for more convenience or if you need the extra portability (for example, when cleaning long staircases)
3. Clean The Floor With a Damp Mop
Remember to only use damp mops. I suggest that you wring it several times just to be safe. After mopping the floor, you can use a dry cloth, or another mop that’s completely dry, and wipe the floor of any excess moisture that might be lingering. Keeping in mind my number one tip, you should also limit your use of damp mops. Only use this method when you feel it’s really necessary.
4. Use Quality Cleaning Products
There are a lot of cleaning products available at your local supermarket that’s designed for this specific floor type. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully, and follow them accurately in order to ensure that nothing terrible happens to your beautiful hardwood.
5. Use Carpets or Rugs
One of the best ways to protect your hardwood floor is by using carpets or rugs. Not only will it minimize the scratches, but will also add an aesthetic appeal to your home. Choose good quality carpets and rugs that can accentuate your natural floor design.
6. Do Not Use Ammonia Cleaners or Furniture Sprays
Ammonia cleaners are too strong for wood floors and will cause damage to the surface over time. Furniture sprays on the other hand, will make the floor too slippery. This is not really advisable especially if you have younger kids that love to run around the house. Just stick with the cleaning solutions that are made for hardwood.
7. Use Special Solutions to Clean Scuff Marks
There are also special kinds of solutions and sprays that can be used to remove scratches and scuff marks. Make sure to use a soft cotton cloth to wipe off the solution in order to avoid damaging the floor.
8. Wax The Floor
Maintain your elegant flooring with a liquid or paste wax. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a year to preserve the beauty and quality of your hardwood flooring.
9. Regulate The Use of Commercial Cleaning Products
Yes, these cleaning products are made specifically for hardwood floors, but it’s still advisable not to use them too often. They contain chemicals, and if you overdo it, it can cause more harm than good. Just use them when your floor is too dirty, otherwise, you can simply use the vacuum or damp mop technique.
10. Be Careful Moving Furniture And Use Slippers Inside The House
In order to minimize scratching while keeping the floor clean, I recommend wearing slippers and avoid walking around the house with your heels, or boots on. When moving pieces of furniture, ask for help. Do not drag the furniture around.
These simple tips are tried and tested methods for maintaining hardwood floors. By adhering to these principles, your hardwood is going to last much longer.