Cleaning Hardwood Flooring
Fitting hardwood flooring in your home can be one of the best ways to improve the appearance of a room. It can turn a tired old room into a sophisticated looking one with a warm feel, and the better you look after it the longer it will stay looking great.
Whether you go for engineered wood flooring or the real oak flooring, it can be a daunting prospect to take care of your new floors. In order to make the job seem less scary, we have put together a list of simple maintenance you can do to make sure it doesn’t turn into a mammoth task that you end up never doing! We have split the job of maintenance into categories. To keep them looking at their absolute best you should try and carry out each step.
In order to make the job of cleaning wooden floors easier to begin with, some preventive measures can be taken. You will be amazed how much of a difference mats will make in the prevention of built-up dirt and dust. To avoid damage from wet and mud, provide an area where people can remove their shoes. Another great way to care for your floors is to use pads under legs of heavy furniture and put rugs down wherever you can, these are good for preventing damage rather than just helping with dirt.
If you can only manage one sort of care for your floors, then this is the step you should try to incorporate into your routine. Basic care of your floors will help postpone any bigger cleaning jobs you may need to carry out. All you need to do is sweep or vacuum your flooring around once a week, which will of course keep your floors clean but it you really want them to look their absolute best, you will need to incorporate some of the other steps too.
In order to give your flooring the occasional boost, a deeper clean is necessary. This can be done by mopping with proper wood cleaner. Always make sure you use a cleaner that is designed for wood flooring to avoid damage. When mopping don’t be tempted to make the mop too wet, as water can cause damage and potentially affect the appearance of the wood permanently. Also try to ensure the floors dry fairly quickly to avoid the wood sitting damp for too long, try opening the doors or use a fan to speed up the process if the weather is damp or cold.
If the mark is only on the surface then it is not too difficult to remove, wiping away with a damp cloth should do the trick. Never be tempted to scrub with sandpaper or any harsh chemicals because this will ruin the finish on the wood, making it more vulnerable to stains. Keep wax to hand in order to fix marks such as those caused by heels and pet stains.