When it comes to floor maintenance, nothing comes close to hardwood floors in terms of ease of cleaning; you cannot compare cleaning hardwood floors with carpet cleaning because with the least amount of maintenance and cleaning your hardwood floors can last so many years. A clean hardwood floor makes your house look both attractive and gives the room a semblance of spaciousness. The maintenance methods of different types of hardwood flooring may not be different even though there are types of finishes that may require some extra care when you are removing stains.
The fastest and most effective ways of hardwood floor cleaning is using a damp mop; however, you must always make sure that all dust has been removed from the surfaces before the floor is mopped. Most people will use a soft broom especially when they don’t have a vacuum cleaner; all that you need to do thereafter is to simply mop, rinse and repeat. You must always make sure that you have removed grit and dirt from the hardwood floors before cleaning; dust and grit are hardwood floors’ biggest enemies because they can easily cause scouring or scratching to the floor finish.
Even though there are many types of hardwood floor cleaners that are available in the market, it is always important to make sure that you choose something that is more of a neutral cleanser because its pH level isn’t too high or too low. This is combined with water and it does the job effectively. Always ensure that the floor is properly sealed before any mopping is done and if there are any worn patches, you will want to avoid using water; the liquid can easily penetrate the wood and cause rotting or warping.
These days, many hardwood floors are finished using surface finishes such as polyurethane that make the floors shiny and glossy. Polyurethane basically resembles a plastic coating over the wooden planks and it can be extremely hard wearing. There is also another type of finish that is known as a penetrating seal that consists of wax or oil finishes that will get into the wood and offer protection from within.
Those who want to go an extra mile can go on and finish off the mopping with a polish or wax. If after all the cleaning you still discover that your hardwood floor is still looking dull, you may want to consider buffing with the wax. This will definitely take a little more effort because you will be required to do some amount of sanding but at the end of the day, you will realize that it is well worth the effort. How often you clean your hardwood floors will be determined by the amount of traffic in your house but generally, you want to ensure that the hardwood floor is cleaned at least once a week.
About the author: This article is penned by Lora Davis for Hector's Magic Carpet. The company is a Lawrenceville, GA based carpet installation and hardwood floor installation company with more than 20 years of experience in the business.