Cleaning Hardwood Floors 101
With so many cleaning products on the market today it can be difficult to select a product that will clean your hardwood floors without damaging them. Just because vinegar and water work great in your bathroom doesn’t mean you should use it to clean your hardwood surfaces.
Finding a simple and effective way to get the best clean for your hardwood floors is an important step in effective hardwood floor care. Keep in mind that when you are cleaning your hardwood floors, you are not actually cleaning the wood; you are cleaning the chemical finish on top of the wood. The finish is the protective layer of your hardwood floors. Many cleaning solutions such as a homemade vinegar and water solution are acid based and will break down the finish on the surface of your floor. Over time this will reduce the shine and leave a dull appearance. Using vinegar and water on your hardwood floors can also lead to swelling and discoloration.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors Step-by-Step
When cleaning your hardwood floors follow these simple steps:
- Prep your floor first by sweeping or dust mopping to get rid of any large particles of dust and debris. This will also remove any pet hair.
- Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors– Flowers Flooring recommends Bona.
- Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Be sure to avoid spraying too much liquid on your hardwood floors.
- Use a microfiber mop to clean. While traditional mops can work, they tend to leave an excess of water on your floors.
Cleaning and caring for your hardwood floors is as simple as following these tips, which will help maintain the beauty and look of your floors.