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:

  1. 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.
  2. Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors– Flowers Flooring recommends Bona.
  3. Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Be sure to avoid spraying too much liquid on your hardwood floors.
  4. 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.

Dogs and cats are going to have accidents. It’s a simple fact that all pet owners have come to accept. But what happens when your pet urinates on your new solid hardwood floors?

The methods for removing urine from hardwood floors can range from simple to more complex, depending on when you spotted the mess. As soon as you spot urine on your solid hardwood floors QUICK ACTION is the best approach to take. Pet urine is a tough substance to remove if it sits on your hardwood for a long period of time. It is acidic and contains insoluble salt crystals, which is one of the main compounds that lead to stubborn stains. The salt crystals in the urine bind themselves to the surface of the floor, and even after the initial stain is removed, the odor and remnants of the stain can re-appear.

Products are available on the market that can help keep urine from staining your hardwood floor’s surface. Flowers Flooring recommends using Bona Spot Wood Floor Cleaner that was specially created as pet spot treatments designed to actively and safely eliminate pet messes, soils and odors from hardwood floors. Prepare yourself for accidents in advance by having a chosen product on hand for immediate action if and when pet accidents occur.

The very best strategy to protect your hardwood floors from pet damage is to be proactive and vigilant. Accidents are going to happen, just be prepared when they do.