Hardwood floors are easy to care for and by preserving their natural beauty you can keep your home looking clean and crisp. Knowing how to care for and clean your hardwood floor is very important to maintain its freshness. The most effective way to keep your floor looking fresh and new is to prevent scratches and damage from occurring in the first place.
Cleaning your hardwood floor on a regular basis
To prevent a build up of dust, dirt and other debris, hardwood floors should be swept and cleaned on a regular basis. If dirt is allowed to build up it can cause scratches to your wooden floor if walked on. Ideally, hardwood floors should be swept on a daily basis using a soft bristle broom, and cleaned on a weekly basis with a wooden floor cleaning spray and microfiber mop. Water and a damp mop can be used to clean your floor, although it may not be as effective at removing dirt and stains as a specially designed wooden floor cleaner.
Preventing damage to your hardwood flooring
There are a few easy ways to protect your hardwood floor from unwanted and unnecessary damage. Placing doormats at all external doors can help to catch any dirt, debris and water before it enters your house and reaches your hardwood flooring. Removing outdoor footwear altogether is advisable. Applying anti-scratch felt protector pads to the bottom of furniture will protect your flooring from small dents and scratches associated with everyday movements. Finally, wiping away spills and water accidents immediately using an absorbent cloth will ensure that liquids do not soak into your hardwood floor and cause irreparable water damage.
Re-finishing your hardwood floor
If your hardwood floor is oiled, then re-oiling it in a few years will brighten and refresh its appearance, whilst re-sealing it to protect it from damage.
If your hardwood floor is lacquered and starting to look dull and lifeless, then some specific flooring polishes are available to enhance and revitalise the appearance. Alternatively, you can re-lacquer your hardwood floor.
Things not to do to your hardwood floor
• Do not use excessive water to mop or clean your floor as it can cause your hardwood floor to warp and swell.
• Do not use a steam mop to clean your floor as the heat and moisture will cause your hardwood floor to distort and discolour.
• If using a vacuum cleaner, ensure that you use a cleaning attachment specifically designed for hardwood floors.
• Do not use oils, waxes or furniture polish to clean your hardwood floor as they can leave a slippery and greasy residue on the surface.
• Do not use any products that are abrasive, acidic or contain ammonia as they may damage and scratch your hardwood floor.
• Do not drag or slide furniture or heavy objects across your hardwood floor as this can cause dents and scratches.
• Do not allow anyone with sharp or spikey shoes, such as stilettos or football boots, to walk on your hardwood floor.