Cleaning hardwood Floors – good tips to follow!
When coming to the subject of cleaning hardwood floors,
there are a few tips if followed would give your wood floors long lasting
It is recommended to set aside three schedules: daily cleaning, quarterly care and
It is important to know that everyday certain amount of dirt
and grit is brought into the home by the shoes. The floor will accumulate more dirt for larger families. Most
of the dirt is deposited at the entrance of the main door and in the kitchen.
It is best to sweep the floor with a soft broom to get rid
of the dirt and sand. If the sand is not cleaned away it will scratch the floors and eventually dull the
surface finish as well. Do this on a daily basis or on alternate days. For better results a hardwood vacuum
floor cleaner could be used. However be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the
appropriate bristles or accessories.
One of the biggest enemies of hardwood floor is water. If
water or liquids (coffee or other beverages) are present and not wiped off immediately, they will seeps
through the floors and cause warping.
However daily cleaning will not remove any grease build up
over the months. So once every three months a deep cleaning using the correct chemical cleaner solution is
therefore recommended. As always, be sure to read the labels of the chosen cleaner products and follow the
prescribed instructions too. Cleaning with regular detergents or vinegar solution is NOT advisable because
these solutions will strip and dull the surface finishing of the wood floors if used for a long time.
A word of caution here is some hardwood floors are now
finished with polyurethane which give them a shiny and glossy look. In this case you might need to buff the
floors with wax. Here the same rule applies: follow the manufacturer’s
In order to protect the hardwood floors from major damage,
prevention is important:
Never drag heavy furniture or objects on the hardwood
Use protective felt pads under the legs of table or chair to
Avoid wearing high heels or heavy shoes or spiked shoes on
the hardwood floors as they will damage the floor permanently
Place carpet runners, floor mats or rug on high traffic areas such as main entrance or in the
Always remove spills as quickly as possible
With the above tips and regular cleaning schedule and using the appropriate cleaner solutions (according to
manufacturer’s instructions) will protect your hardwood floor investment in years to come.