Hardwood floors look great and they are easy to maintain as well. All you need to do is to put in a little dedication towards caring for it and it would be able to get through decades without requiring sanding, refinishing or even a new coat of floor varnish! The following are some of the best tips that you can follow for cleaning hard wood floors:
- Always vacuum the hardwood floor at least once a week to prevent accumulation of dust particles. The dust particles lying on your hardwood floor would act like the fine grits in sandpaper and wear out the floor’s finish when you walk over it. The brush or felt attachment of the vacuum cleaner is best for this purpose. Never make the mistake of using a beater bar attachment or a rotary brush because these would scratch the smooth surface of the floor.
- Next, try to be careful with furniture polish and hairspray when you have hardwood floor because these can cloud the finish of the floor. In case they do get spilled or land on the floor then make sure you wipe it away immediately with a moist cloth or rag. Water is another arch enemy of the hardwood floor, so as far as possible keep the two separate. For instance, during the rainy seasons, you should close all the windows and in case of indoor plants keep a tray under its pot in order to prevent the formation of a ring of water by the pot’s base.
- While regular cleaning is good, you also need to engage in thorough cleaning for your hardwood floor from time to time. You can use a no-wax floor cleaner specially formulated for wooden floors to clean the problem areas. Never use liquids because these would stain the hardwood floor or cause irrevocable damage!
- You should also update your knowing about using restorers and waxes on hardwood floors. If you have finishes such as polyurethane, varnish or shellac in case of your hardwood floor then you should avoid using a wax cleaner as it will make the hardwood floor even more slippery. In case of rooms with high traffics, you can also place rugs in order to reduce the wear and tear of your beautiful hardwood floor.
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