Aug 23, 2023 | Flooring America
Keeping your hardwood floors clean can sometimes be quite a challenge. Kids are messy, pets tend to shed, and there's usually that one family member who forgets to wipe their feet before stepping inside. We all dream of having beautiful hardwood floors, and while getting new floors is exciting, the real thrill comes from knowing how to keep them looking fantastic for years to come. To do that, you need to put in some time and effort to care for them properly. In simple terms, taking care of your floors is a must! Whether you already have hardwood floors or plan to install them in the future, keep reading to learn how to keep them clean and make hardwood floors last with minimal signs of wear and tear.
Maintaining the pristine condition of your hardwood floors is a breeze when you stick to a straightforward care routine. The great news is that there are uncomplicated cleaning methods that make it easy to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. With a few simple cleaning techniques up your sleeve, you can ensure that your hardwood floors stay in excellent condition and continue to shine:
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Rest assured, dry cleaning your floors is not nearly as inconvenient (or costly) as getting your clothes dry cleaned. The first and most important step in keeping your hardwood floors in great shape is to vacuum, sweep, or dry mop them every week. If you have pets that shed or kids who leave crumbs everywhere, you might need to do this more frequently. These annoying particles aren't just uncomfortable to step on; they can also create small scratches on your floor, which can wear down the finish over time, making your floors look dull. If you notice spills or debris, it is best to use a damp cloth, a soft microfiber dust mop, or a broom to clean your wood floors and prevent any damage.
While dust mopping and vacuuming effectively deal with crumbs, hair, and dust on your wood floors, they may not tackle the deep-seated dirt that accumulates over time. For a thorough cleansing every now and then, the use of a liquid hardwood floor cleaner is essential. You have a couple of excellent options:
If you wish, you can enhance this mixture with a few drops of a natural, plant-based soap such as liquid castile soap —of course, check your warranty first to ensure that you aren't using a product that will void it. The vinegar and water combination alone will give your floors a brilliant shine, but the soap is particularly useful for tackling stubborn grime. For an added touch of luxury, consider introducing a few drops of essential oils, which will not only leave your floors looking immaculate but also infuse a delightful spa-like aroma. Either liquid cleaner will ensure lasting durability and beauty.
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When working with liquid wood floor cleaners, saturate a rag or sponge mop with the cleaning solution, making sure it's damp but not overly wet. Excessive moisture can potentially penetrate the floor and lead to warping.
After mopping the floor, rinse the mop thoroughly, wring out any surplus water, and proceed to damp mop the floor once more to eliminate any remaining cleaner. To ensure your floor remains dry and free from the risk of warping due to excess moisture, carefully wipe away any residual dampness with a dry towel. This approach guarantees a clean, dry floor without any concerns about moisture-related damage.
In general, it's best to avoid steam cleaning wood floors. While steam cleaning can be suitable for fully sealed floors that don't absorb moisture, most hardwood floors are not sealed and should not be exposed to steam. The combination of heat and moisture from steam mops can lead to warping in wood floors, often causing irreversible damage. It's essential to remember that moisture is the enemy when it comes to maintaining the integrity of solid hardwood floors.
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If you find that hardwood floors might not be a fit for your high moisture spaces, but still love the look of hardwood, luxury vinyl plank, wood-look laminate, or wood-look tile, could be a great fit in your home. Each of these flooring types boasts a variety of wood species, sizes, shapes, tones, and even textures to match your desired interior. Whether you want real solid or engineered hardwood flooring, or a wood-look alternative, we will guide you through proper maintenance techniques to keep a beautiful, long-lasting floor.
Regardless of the specific hardwood flooring option you're contemplating, it's essential to review the warranty for your flooring before making a decision. Whether you've recently installed new floors and aim to maintain their quality or have concerns about improper cleaning methods over the years, the knowledgeable experts at your nearest Flooring America location are available to address any inquiries you may have. Our team of flooring specialists is eager to assist with all aspects of your hardwood flooring projects, so don't hesitate to visit your local Flooring America store today to kickstart your project!