Cleaning your hardwood floors
Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and very easy to clean. Here are some basic tips on keeping your refinished floors looking their best:
- Clean a minimum of once per week, sweep or dust them every day.
- Dry mop, sweep or vacuum your floor prior to cleaning to remove all dust and grit, which can scratch your floor.
- Make sure you use products that are specifically for hardwood floors-some products are too rough for hardwood and will strip the finish or damage the wood.
- Clean floors with a damp rag or an absorbent cloth – I like to then use our good friend vinegar – about 1 cup per gallon of hot water. No need to rinse. If you use a specific hardwood floor product – be sure to follow directions – many require rinsing. Keep in mind that excess water can damage your floor so use a very dry damp rag or cloth when cleaning the floor.
- Consider placing mats or small rugs prior to the hardwood floor area or where water collects (ie, under sinks) to help protect floors from excess dirt and water and avoid scratching.
- You can extend the life of your finished floors by removing your shoes prior to walking on the area.
- Be sure to put pads under tables and furniture that are on hardwood floors to avoid scratching – also, avoid dragging heavy furniture.
- Don’t use water on hardwood that isn’t refinished – it can cause warping.
- If you are considering putting in new floors, there are many types of hardwood floors you can buy, or you can go the knock off route which can be just as beautiful.