Cleaning hardwood floors is actually a lot easier than people think it is and it turns out is a more frequent chore during the summer months. Parties, barbecues, and lots of outdoor activities are just a few examples of summertime fun that brings more traffic, more dirt, and more hosted eyes through your home. Keep your summer worry-free and your floors looking great with the help of these hardwood flooring cleaning tips.
Before sanitizing your hardwood floors, it’s important to remove any dirt, dust or other crumbs from the surface first. While many people choose to sweep, you will actually see better results from vacuuming these hard surfaces because it allows the dirt and dust to be pulled up and out from between the floorboards.
Whatever cleaning product you prefer, just be sure to pick one that’s specifically designed for cleaning hardwood floors. We recommend staying away from waxes, polishes, detergents and oil-based soaps that actually damage the finish on your hardwood floors.Just plain water is enough to get the job done, but you could also add in a little bit of vinegar for a stronger homemade cleaning solution. For best results, combine one cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water – making sure the water isn’t too hot!
When you start mopping, technique is important. You never want to soak your hardwood floors or you risk actually ruining them so you should always wring out the mop to be barely damp on the hardwood surface. Just enough moisture to get the job done! Mopping along the wood grain direction will again help to sanitize between the floorboards and give you more successful, longer lasting results.Often overlooked, but perhaps most important of all is picking a strategic starting point. Make sure you mop yourself out the door and not into a corner so you don’t ruin all your hard work!
When you give your hardwood floors proper care, it will serve your home well and keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come! If you have any questions or would like help finding the best product for cleaning your hardwood floors, please stop in, give us a call or send us an email and we are happy to help guide you in the right direction.