We as experts know that some of the ones who want wooden flooring but have not decided yet to install it, because they think it is too hard to maintain, well, it is not like that. The wooden floor is simple and easy to clean. Here is our guide to tell you exactly what you need to know about cleaning wooden floors.
I will provide you tips to keep it shiny and attractive.
Wood tends to shrink during summers and expand in winters. Thus, the regular use of humidifiers is recommended to minimize these gaps.
AVOID LIQUID CLEANERS
Using a wet mop to clean wooden flooring is a big no! Keep liquid cleaners for regular flooring as they can damage the finish of the wooden floor. The best way is to dust the floor with a microfiber cloth every day.
USE GLUE FELT PADS
Place glue felt pads under the legs of furniture to prevent scratching of the floor. Replace them once every four months or earlier, if required.
USE A VACUUM WITH A SOFT BRUSH HEAD
It is not recommended that you use a vacuum with a hard head that can mark the floor. The same applies for heads with a rotating brush as these often have a support bar underneath that could potentially scratch your floor.
LEAVE YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR
Especially ones with spiky heels or treads that collect sharp pebbles and other debris.
CLEAN UP SPILLS ASAP
Spills are inevitable, but if you let them dry on the floor, they’ll dull the finish and attract additional dirt. Blot spills immediately with an absorbent cloth. “The worst thing you can do is let water puddle on the floor,” says Forte. Follow up with a damp paper towel to remove any residue and buff dry.
BEWARE PLANTS AND CHRISTMAS TREES
Use stands under plants to allow air circulation; even a waterproof plant container placed directly on the floor can attract condensation and leave a water stain.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PET’S PEE?
If you discover a fresh pet stain on a finished hardwood floor and you suspect it’s been there for more than 4 hours, douse the spot with a mild acid like vinegar, which will at the very least neutralize any ammonia (which is alkali) that may have formed and will arrest its corrosive ability. Let the stained area dry completely, which could take two weeks before you attempt any corrective measures. After that keep in mind, the vast majority of pet stains have to be patched out; that is, the damaged wood must be removed and replaced with new wood.
MINIMIZE DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Too much can fade all kinds of floors, including hardwood. Curtains help filter bright light.
POLISH THE FLOOR
Polishing the wooden floor is recommended every three to five years for long-term maintenance. It renews and refreshes the finish of the wood and gives it a new look.