Cleaning wooden floors can be extremely bothersome. You do not want to make the mistake of selecting inappropriate cleaning solutions or paraphernalia. Lumber is very delicate and if cleaned the wrong way, it can yield overwhelming outcome.
However, as opposed to cleaning carpets, caring for hardwood floor is way too stress-free. You can utilize household products in less time than it typically takes for carpeting. Once you master the art of cleaning-up hardwood floor, everything follows, and before your know it, your floors will be dirt free and sparkling for many years as long as you follow the suggested steps listed below. When accomplished, the floors will appear new. Not anything can compare and become prettier than a clean and shiny wood floor.
First and foremost, you must dust off the hardwood floor using a broom ensuring that all grimes are removed. If your broom-power doesn’t do the job well, then try to use you vacuum cleaner for better results. Do this step on a daily basis to evade blemishing and scratching the texture of the wooden floor. Never proceed to the next step until this dusting duty is not rightfully done.
You can either purchase commercial cleaners or simply make a solution of your own to polish your wooden floors to its shiniest glow.
If you intend to buy market-sold cleaners, you have to ascertain first the type of seal used on your wood floors. Always purchase a cleaner that suits the type of wood you use as flooring. Then, wipe the solution of choice using a cloth rag or micro-fiber covered swab. Natural wood can be safe from all forms of damage if you give it a coat of polyurethane clear polish, but keeping liquids off the floor remains to be the best prevention of breaks in the integrity wooden objects. Vacuuming with damp mopping can only be done when the entire floor is properly sealed. If you don’t like the shiny finish of polyurethane, use a penetrating seal, which is made of wax or oil that penetrates the wood thereby protecting it from within. Floor wax application is another way of protecting wooden surfaces.
Conversely, whether you are on a tight-budget or you simply wish to utilize what’s inside your household, don’t fuss yourself by worrying. All you need to do is to make a mixture by combining a gallon of lukewarm water (make sure it’s not too hot to prevent floor mutilation) plus one half cup of white vinegar. Using a mop, with just the right amount of the water and vinegar mix, carefully clean the floor, paying attention to filth-flooded areas. Subsequently, it is necessary to pat dry the floor after mopping to avoid moisture from damaging any portion of the hardwood floor. You can use a towel or a dry mop for this. In some instances, drying is no longer necessary, since the floor often dries on its own with proper ventilation.
As a final piece of advice, never overdo the cleaning of floors to avoid unnecessary repairs after damages. Avoid extreme rubbing to prevent unwanted scratches to appear and eventually destroy the façade of your dearly loved and priced wooden floors. Repeating the steps on a weekly basis is more than enough to maintain a sparkling clean hardwood floor to look its best.