New or old restored hardwood floors can be a great addition to your home. But they are also a huge investment.
You can keep this investment longer with easy maintenance tips. To keep your wood floor good for a long time after installation or renovation.
Start with a clean swing
You have to sweep hardwood once a day, but your typical broom is not going to cut it. Invest in a dust wiper such as the O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Sweeper (which I use) or similar. These mops have wide heads that trap the dust without causing micro scratches in the floor.
Be sure to push the mop in one direction and turn it to rotate. Do not lift the mop head off the floor until you are done. If you lift the mop prematurely, dust and lint will be released into the air and you will need to wipe the area you just finished. I learned this trick when, as a janitor of the school, I cleaned the gymnastics floors.
When you finish, there will be a line gunk where your mop stopped. Use a small microfibre brush and a dustpan to collect it.
Then place the end of the mop in a garbage bag. Close the opening of the bag by hand around the handle and shake the mop well to remove dust and debris.
Keep It Dry
This may be a contradiction to what you've learned about housekeeping, but do not use wet pug or steam mops on your hardwood floors. Moisture can damage the surface and eventually damage the wood, according to the National Wood Flooring Association.
Use a wood-floor cleaner instead. Many of these products are designed to work with the type of surface texture of your floors. Therefore, read the labels before buying.
Carefully follow the instructions on the bottle when cleaning. It is usually recommended that you clean your floors only once a month with a detergent.
Next to cleaning
Properly cleaning your wooden floors is not the only thing that keeps you beautiful. You also need to take some preventative measures.
Remove spills or other moisture immediately to prevent damage to the wood. A damp cotton or microfibre cloth is ideal for spot cleaning.
Consider applying a UV coating to the windows of your home. UV rays can fade hardwood over time and leave discolored spots in areas where most sunlight is present.
Finally: tip things are bad. For example, do not walk across the floor in high-heeled shoes. The pointed heel can leave dents in the wood. Furniture legs can also leave marks and scratches, make sure that felt bottom protection is on the bottom of each leg.