How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are amazing to have in the home. They’re generally easy to clean compared to carpet since there’s no dust that lingers underneath the bristles. Despite their easy care, maintaining your hardwood floor should always be one of your top priority in the home. Sadly, leaving it unkempt may give it permanent damages. Fortunately, there are prevention and solutions on keeping your hardwood floor nice and clean.

Back to Basics

One of the most basic things that you can do is to dust your floor with a gentle cloth. Use a dusting agent that will help pick up pet hair, dust and dirt so that it prevents any scratches on the floor. When you vacuum, only use the ones with a floor brush instead of a beater bar attachment as it could scratch the floor.

More than Basics

Deep Cleaning– Occasionally, you are required to deep clean your hardwood floor since there are some oil, dirt, or grime buildup that is hard to remove with basic methods. Select a wood-cleaning product that is diluted according to the product’s instructions. Use a sponge or mop and saturate it with water. After that, wring it dry so that it is somewhat damp. Mop the floor with the mop being extra cautious of standing water on the floor surfaces. You may rinse the mop only if the cleaning solution that you’re using allows it. When done, wipe the excess liquid on the floor since standing water may cause damages. In cases like humid weather, use a fan to speed up the drying process.

Pet stains and dark spots– Swipe the area using floor wax and No. 000 steel wool. If this does not work, use vinegar or bleach and allow this solution to soak on the dark spot for about an hour. Rinse the area with a damp cloth when finished.
Watermarks and white stains– Use floor wax and No. 000 steel wool and gently rub the spot with the solution. In the case that the stain gets deeper, sand the floor lightly and clean it with the fine steel wool.