Starting a new year has many people exercising, dieting and cleaning up their homes as a part of their New Years resolutions. We would like to provide some resolutions for maintaining your hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring is an investment that can last for many years and add value to your home. Below are things you can avoid and things that you should do.
Maintaining Wood Floors – Things to Avoid
We’ve all seen our share of television commercials where using steam cleaner’s results in completely shiny, disinfected and sanitized wooden floors. But here is what most people don’t know: steam cleaners are not good for your wood floors. The pictures above are floors that have had damage from steam cleaners. Not only will you destroy your floors with continued usage of steam cleaners, but you will also make them instantly dull and cloudy. A steam cleaner will gradually peel off your floor’s finish and will leave you with a drab and dull wooden floor. In short, steam cleaners are not recommended for maintaining wood floors.
Home Cleaning Liquids
Some people have a completely opposite approach than traditional cleaners. They would not touch any commercially marketed cleaners and/or mops. Instead, they opt to use homemade cleaning liquids made with vinegar and water, especially those made with red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Once again, there is no evidence to show that this is an effective cleaning solution. In fact, vinegar is acidic in nature and will most likely damage the finish of your wood floor.
Using Wet Mops without Removing Dust
Another common method of cleaning that is highly promoted these days is to use a wet mop on your wood floor. They go as far saying that it doesn’t require dust-removal before usage. These product manufacturers claim that the mop is designed to attract and hold dust, while cleaning your floors. This is absolutely the worst way to manage your wood floors. First, you don’t want to leave dust on your floor before you mop it. That will not only give your floor a haze, but will also result in an accumulation of dirt and debris. Basically, all it does is spread and smear the dust and dirt everywhere on the floor. Never use any cleaning liquid or wet mop on your floor without sweeping up the dust and dirt first.
Maintaining Wood Floors – Things to Do
Cleaning Liquids Recommended by Wood Floor Manufacturers
You should know that most wood floors today have a urethane-type finish. The most effective way of finding the right solution for your wood floor is to check your warranty or manufacturer site. We sell and use Bona products with great success. By using the right cleaner, you will ensure that your wood floor remains spick and span without any dulling.
Vacuum Your Wood Floors
We do not believe in this new approach of simply wet mopping your floor and voila, all is done. Vacuuming is essential for proper cleaning and maintenance of your wood floors. Vacuum your floors as often as possible as this will increase the life of your floor, maintain its finish and keep it nice and clean. Just make sure you don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar as this can often damage the finish.
Use Area Rugs
Area rugs are great to catch dirt and moisture from the outside at entrances. They also add another way to add color or definition to a room. Just be sure to move your rugs periodically. The reason is that wood changes color when it is exposed to light. This will avoid the risk of any color difference. It is also a good idea to avoid using area rugs that have plasticizers as they can damage the finish of the wood floor. It may also create lines and patterns on your floor which can really damage the look of your floor.
In short, the secret to keeping your wood floors clean and well- maintained is to ensure you use a cleaner that is recommended by your wood floor manufacturer or a local wood floor retailer that you trust. You should never use home-made solutions or multipurpose cleaners on your wood floor. Also, avoid using wood polish/conditioners as most of the time, these are not even recommended for wood floors. If you use the wrong type, you might end up with a sticky and dirty wood floor. Use area rugs, and walk-off mats to increase the life of your floors. Use floor protectors for any furniture items that are likely to run on the floor. Always clean up spills immediately. Naturally, spills left unattended will damage the finish of your floors.
For any additional queries or concerns regarding the cleaning and maintenance of your wood floor contact us or stop by our showroom. We want to make sure our customers get the best wood floors and are able to maintain and sustain the life of the wood floor for as long as possible. Our staff is well-versed in the maintenance of wood floors.