Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can be a pain to clean. It's not uncommon for homeowners to have spills, marks from their shoes and dirt build up over time. There are many different methods of cleaning hardwood floors available - some more expensive than others. In this blog post we'll go through the most popular methods so you can choose which one is right for you!
Sweep the floor for any dirt or debris that may damage the flooring.
Use a dry mop (or microfiber cloth) to remove dust from hardwood floors - this can be done on both sealed or unsealed surfaces, but make sure it's safe for your specific type of wood! If you have dark colored floors wiped in one direction; if you have light colored floors, wipe them in the opposite direction.
Avoid using chemicals to clean hardwood floors -- they can damage your flooring and lead to discoloration over time!
and dirt before you start mopping.
Apply a small amount of water to your mop and wring it out well. The best way is to use as little as possible, as this will prevent the floor from becoming too slippery or wet (which can lead to discoloration).
Mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of natural dish soap in a bucket; then dip your damp cloth into the mixture until it's fully soaked but not dripping. This mixture should be enough for most rooms (the average room measures about 250 square feet), however if you have more than that you may want to mix up some extra! Avoid using any chemicals on hardwood floors - they can damage your wood over time!
Rinse your mop head frequently to check for soap build-up. If you notice any, rinse it out and wring the cloth until most of the water is gone before reusing it again.
Use a microfiber mop instead as they are safer on your hardwood floor! For extra shine, make sure to dry them with a towel after cleaning -- this will remove any excess moisture from between the wooden boards which can cause warping or damage over time.
Mop with dish soap can really help you get rid of stains, so you can use a microfiber mop for larger spills.
Dish soap is for smaller stains and it's also great for greasy areas.
About two hours after mopping the floor, you'll want to take a dry towel and buff your hardwood floors. This will remove any excess moisture that may have seeped into the wood over time, which can cause damage or discoloration.
Use mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to get rid of stubborn stains on your floor.
This method is great for getting rid of tough grease and dirt - just make sure you don't use it too often!
For tougher stains, you should also consider using a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners are perfect for hardwood floors because they're far more gentle than standard mops or chemicals.
Drying is a must after cleaning the floor with soap.
Use a towel to dry off your hardwood floors after they've been cleaned and rinsed! This will remove any excess moisture from between the wooden boards which can cause warping or damage over time.
There are many methods you can use for cleaning hardwood floors. However, if you don't know which one is suitable for your specific type of flooring it is best to consult with a professional before making any hasty decisions! But mostly the methods we have listed is the common.