Wood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but they need regular cleaning and maintenance to stay looking their best. There are seven of the best ways to clean and maintain your wood floors which will be shared in this blog post. Keep reading for tips on how to keep your wood floors clean and sparkling all year long!
Dust mop or vacuum regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris.
Regularly dust mopping or vacuuming your wood floors is an important part of maintaining them. This helps to remove dirt, dust, and debris that accumulates throughout the day which can cause scratches if not removed timely. In addition, you should use either a dry mop or vacuum with the proper attachments when doing so to prevent any damage. To cut your cleaning time in half, mop and vacuum at the same time using the Inse wet dry vacuum.
Spot clean spills as soon as they happen with a damp cloth or sponge.
Keeping wood floors looking their best requires regular cleaning and maintenance, and one of the key steps is to spot clean any spills or dirt as soon as they occur. The easiest way to do this is to use a damp cloth or sponge, which will gently remove the spill without damaging the floor’s finish. When using a cloth, be sure to wring out all excess water; featuring a slightly damp surface should help dislodge stubborn materials. Excessive moisture in the wood or grease in the wood could breed ants overtime - you don't want that!
Use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for wood floors when mopping.
One of the most important steps to keeping your wood floor looking new is using a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for the job. This type of cleaner doesn't contain harsh chemicals which can damage the finish, and it does not strip away layers or ruin their shine either. Depending on the specific cleaner, you could consider adding solution to your mopping routine too. This article lays out some of the best wood floor cleaners, like the Bona spray. You can also make solutions at home using vinegar and various common ingredients.
Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals and abrasive scrubbers.
Keeping your wood floors looking their best requires certain considerations when it comes to cleaning them. Harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubbers should be avoided, as they can damage the surface of the wood, making it dull or discolored. Instead, use a soft broom or damp mop with gentle cleaners designed specifically for hardwood flooring.
Don't allow water to sit on the floor for too long - dry it up quickly with a towel or mop.
For wood floors to remain in their best condition, it is essential that you don't allow liquid to sit on the surface for too long. Water and other liquids can penetrate the wood, causing damage such as warping, discoloring and even rot. When liquids spill onto the floor, clean them up quickly by soaking them up with a towel or mop before they have time to sink into the wood. Even if a small amount of moisture remains on the surface after cleaning it up, make sure to use a fan or dehumidifier to dry the floor completely.
Place mats at all entrances to your home to help reduce the amount of dirt and debris tracked in.
Keeping your wood floors looking their best starts with reducing the amount of dirt and debris that gets tracked in. One of the best ways to do this is to place mats at all entrances to your home. It’s important that these mats be designed for outdoor use, as they will be exposed to dust and other particles. Not only does adding mats help reduce the amount of dirt that comes in, it also makes wiping up spills easier and ensures your feet step on a softer fabric before hitting the hardwood surfaces.
Use furniture pads under the legs of your furniture to prevent scratches and dents.
Furniture pads are important because they protect your wood floors from damage. When furniture legs rub against the floor, they can cause scratches and dents that can be difficult to repair. Over time, these scratches and dents can accumulate and make your floors look worn and damaged. Simply place them under the legs of your furniture. Make sure that the pads are large enough to cover the entire leg of the furniture. If you have heavy furniture, you may want to use larger pads to distribute the weight more evenly. There are many different types of furniture pads available. Some are made of felt, while others are made of rubber or plastic. Felt pads are a good choice for most types of furniture because they are soft and won’t scratch your floors. Rubber or plastic pads are better for heavy furniture because they provide more support.