How to Maintain Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors add value and elegance to your home. Their warm natural tones will make the space in your home more inviting, and can complement your home décor. They are also known to be durable, and with proper care, can last for decades. You can keep them looking their best by following these tips on how to clean hardwood floors. Casey Carpet One Floor & Home is your local source for hardwood flooring and maintenance advice. We have locations in Lubbock and Amarillo.
Hardwood Cleaning Tips
Use a dust mop or vacuum to remove dirt, dust, pet hair and other debris that could scratch the floor. Make sure you remove the beater bar so you do not cause damage to the floor, instead use a floor brush attachment. Vacuuming or dust mopping should be done weekly, depending how often you use your floors of if you have pets.
Dust mopping won’t remove the dirt and grime that build up over time. For periodic deep cleaning, you’ll need to use a liquid cleaner. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions about which cleaners you can use. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing one part vinegar to 10 parts warm water.
Whatever cleaner you choose, the process for how to clean solid wood floors and how to clean engineered wood floors is the same. Mop the floor with the cleaner, being careful to not put too much liquid on the floor. Rinse the mop with clean water, wring out excess, and damp mop the floor to remove the cleaner. Wipe up excess water with a clean, dry towel because standing water will damage the floor.
In order to prevent dirt and damage to your newly cleaned floors, put doormats inside and outside exterior doors to cut down on the dirt and moisture tracked in. Avoid scratches by using floor protectors under furniture and putting down rugs in high-traffic areas. Knowing how to clean a wood floor will keep yours looking beautiful for years.
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