How To Clean Your Hardwood Floor?

Hardwood floors bring elegance and sophistication to any interior. Unlike carpeted or tiled floors, hardwood floors are expected to be cleaned a certain way. Dust, dirt and pet hair can accumulate on your floors leaving them to look dull and slippery. However, with the right tools and knowledge, giving your floors a deep clean is easy.

Whether you are wiping daily spills on your hardwood flooring or giving them a deep clean, here are some tips and guidelines to follow on a daily basis!

Three Steps to Clean: Dust, Vacuum and Mop

Regular cleaning ways with appropriate use of material are the best sought ways to keep your hardwood floors clean. Every day dusting can be useful to remove dirt due to traffic in your room or living space. Run a microfiber or dust mop over hardwood flooring to remove dust, pet hair and debris. While doing so, move area rugs when cleaning too and give them a good shake!

Every week or twice, use vacuums to clean the hardwood floor. If you are using an upright vacuum, make sure it is on a hardwood floor setting, in order to avoid any scratches on the wood planks. On the other hand, if you are using a canister vacuum, choose a suitable attachment to gather all accumulated dirt from the nooks and corners.

Now comes the tricky part, mopping. Hardwood flooring is highly susceptible to water damage and spillage. While choosing the right hardwood cleaning, make sure it is safe to use on your flooring. Lightly dampen your microfiber mop and apply the cleaner to the floor. Clean in the direction of the grain to pick up settled dust. While you are mopping, make sure the towel is not oversaturated with water or floor cleaner. After that, turn the fan on or use a microfiber towel to dry the floor!

Cleaning Items Not To Use On Hardwood Floor

Cleaning instructions can vary depending on the type of flooring you choose. To keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful over the years to come, there are a few products listed that should be avoided or used in moderation.

  • Firstly, avoid using vacuum with a beater bar attachment as it could damage or scratch the top layer of the floor.
  • Do not use wood polish, gel or sprays as they can leave a sticky or slippery film that is difficult to get rid of.
  • Stubborn stains should not be treated with harsh and abrasive chemicals or cleaner as they can destroy the look of your wooden flooring.
  • Steam cleaning mops can induce heat and water overtime which can leave behind water stains and make the boards swell and bend.
  • DIY cleaning solutions with high concentration of vinegar or water can ruin the integrity of wood planks.

Contact Us Now

If you suspect your hardwood floor to be water damaged, AMS Designer Floors & Interiors can help treat or replace it professionally. Dial us at (281) 780-9990 our flooring installation charges!