Hardwood floors add a luxurious and warm place to any place, be it a room, hall, or deck. Unfortunately, they are constantly exposed to wear and tear. From all that dirt that accumulates due to dusting the home to mess created by kids and pets, those beautiful floors can become dirty in a matter of time. To evict dirt buildup and also to save your precious hardwood floors, it is essential to clean them every day and in the right manner. Follow this guide to clean and maintain your wood flooring for decades. No matter whether you have solid wood, composite or laminate, we have got you covered.
Dust Hardwood Floors Regularly
Remove all that dirt and grime from your wood flooring by dusting it every day. Use a microfiber dust mop for this purpose as it won’t scratch your flooring. You can also employ a vacuum cleaner with floor-brush attachment. Do not use a beater bar attachment for wood floors.
Opt For A Weekly Deep-Cleaning
During weekends, try to mop your floors using a good wood floor cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions given on the cleaner bottle. Also, read cleaning recommendations given on the mop (if any) to discover if it requires an extra cleaning agent.
Cleaning Wood Flooring Using DIY Cleaners
You can also prepare a DIY wood floor cleaner for periodic deep cleaning. Make a cleaner by mixing vinegar and warm water in 1:10. Add 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap to the solution. To clean your flooring using this solution, saturate a mop or rag in it. Make sure the mop or rag is only damp and not wet. After mopping, rinse the floor with clean water. Wipe up excess water using a fresh piece of dry rag. Run the room fan for a few minutes to let the floor dry. If your floors are extra sensitive, use brewed black tea to clean your laminated floors.
Make Hardwood Floors Smell Great
If you want to make your wood floors smell amazing, prepare a DIY aromatic cleaner with water, vinegar, and essential/ fragrance oil. Use any oil of your choice including rose oil, lavender, peppermint, etc. Clean your floor with this aromatic cleaner once every week. Remember not to add more than 2-3 drops of oil as excess oil can leave a residue on the floor.
Removing Stains From Wood Floors
Keep your floor’s finish in mind before removing a stain. Wipe stubborn stains from a hard finish using a clean and soft rag. Do not use steel wool or sandpaper to prevent the floor from damaging. If the floor is finished with wax, remove stains with wax and #000 steel wool. Alternatively, you can employ fine sandpaper to ward off the stains. For non-greasy stains, use a solution of organic soap and lukewarm water.
Caring And Maintaining Hardwood Flooring
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners like alkaline products, straight ammonia, etc. on wood floors. It is wise to opt for plain water or soap + water cleaning.
- Test a cleaner on a small section before spraying it on the whole flooring.
- Make your place a shoe-free zone. Alternatively, use doormats and pet rugs to cut down on the dirt. Also, make sure to wipe your pet’s paws frequently especially after a walk.
- Avoid scratches on the floor by placing floor protectors under furniture. Remember not to drag heavy objects.
- Don’t use tile floor cleaners for wood flooring. The best is to invest in a recommended cleaner according to the type of your wood floor.