The Basics of Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Wood—hardwood, especially—is a favorite flooring option among homeowners. It provides good, natural insulation 400 times better than steel can. It also lends an air of elegance and class.
A hardwood floor that’s properly maintained and cleaned regularly will keep looking new and will remain undamaged for a long time. That’s a bit challenging when your household is a busy and crowded one.
Kids running around may leave dirt and mud all over the floor, especially if they’ve just gone outside, to the yard or the street. Pets, like dogs, may urinate on the floor. Moisture will eventually damage the wood.
Floors are not going to clean themselves, of course, so it’s up to you to keep your floors shiny and free from dust. You can start with soft microfiber mops, which will not scrape the wood surface, and a simple cleaning agent.
Don’t forget too that there are correct ways of cleaning the floor. Dumping your mop on a bucket of water and then slathering the cleaning solution on the floor is not one of them. You should also avoid chemicals that will corrode the finish of the wood. If you’re careful with how you clean, your wood floors will stay in tip-top condition.
For specific instructions on cleaning hardwood floors, check this infographic. It will guide you on which materials you can use and how often you should schedule cleaning the floor. Remember, you need to be consistent in your cleaning habits if you want to preserve the natural beauty of your hardwood floor.