How to Clean Your Hardwood Floor
How to Clean Your Hardwood Floor!
When you have hardwood flooring you want to take the proper care of it, other wise you could have to replace it prematurely. Before you just grab a cleaner you need to know what kind of finish your floor has on it. Examples are as follows:
Surface-sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic are the newer types of flooring. These floors are stain and water resistant which makes cleaning them a little easier in my opinion.
But if you are lucky enough to have older hardwood floors they could be finished in lacquer, varnish, shellac, penetrating seal, oil-treated or untreated. These types of floors will benefit by being protected with wax.
There are a few cleaners to choose from, you can use Murphy’s Oil soap diluted in water, white vinegar with water, or baking soda diluted in water. Do not use anything abrasive on your floor because it can dull and scratch the surface. Once you choose your cleaner, sweep your floor thoroughly to get up all debris that could cause scratches. Dip your mop in your cleaning solution and wring it until almost dry and mop the floor with the grain in the wood. To avoid streaking, use distilled water which you can buy at most any grocery store. If the solution requires, dip mop in a bucket of plain water and rinse the floor. Ring the mop out again until almost dry and mop up remaining water on the floor. Even a modern surface-sealed floor needs to be completely dried. If you have a ceiling fan, put it on to help dry the floor. Do not leave hard wood floors wet because they can be damaged if wet for too long (even modern water-resistant floors). If necessary wax your floor to protect it. Wax in a circular motion from a far corner to the exit of your room and avoid walking on the floor for 1 hour.
For regular maintenance, use a vacuum with floor brush attachment, or simply sweep regularly. Do not use furniture polish on your floor, as it will make the floor extremely slippery. Try to place mats at entryways and exits to trap dirt from shoes. If your floors get a scratch, you can find wood-repair kits at most hardware stores.