Tips and Tricks for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

Tips and Tricks for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can beautifully complement the look of a home. However, to get the most out of your hardwood floors, you must take the proper steps to clean and maintain them. The following tips and tricks will ensure your floors maintain their beautiful look.

Preventive Maintenance Steps

Take steps to cut down the amount of time spent cleaning your floors. Placing mats inside and outside of exterior doors can help reduce the amount of dirt and grime tracked into your home and on your floors. And if you live in an area with frequent rain or snow, you should have a specific place to remove boots and shoes. This will help reduce the risk of water damage to your hardwood floors.

Floor protectors can prevent marks under furniture, and rugs in play areas can prevent marks from children’s toys.

Basic Care

You can speed up the cleaning process by first dusting the hardwood with a mop treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair. You can also quick-dust with a disposable electrostatic cloth. Using both sides of the cloth will allow you to dust longer with the same cloth.

 When vacuuming, use the floor brush attachment cleaner or an electric broom. Do not vacuum with the beater bar attachment as this can scratch the finish of your floors.

Deep Cleanings

For the occasional deeper cleaning, use wood-cleaning products. Make sure you dilute the product according to the product’s instructions to avoid harming the wood. In order to avoid creating standing water on your floors, you should saturate the sponge or mop and wring it out until it feels slightly damp. If the cleaning products require it, rinse the cleaned floor with a mop dampened in clear water. If the weather is humid, use a ceiling fan or the air-conditioner to speed up drying time.

Removing Marks

Remember your floor’s finish before removing a mark. Floors with a hard finish will keep the mark from penetrating through to the wood, while soft oiled finishes will not. 
When cleaning surface marks on floors with a hard finish use a soft, clean cloth. Never use abrasive cleaners like sandpaper, steel wool, or harsh chemicals.

If you have a soft oiled finish and the mark has penetrated through the wood, here are some tips for removing it.

  • For dark spots and pet stains: Use No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain remains, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. Rinse with a damp cloth.
  • Heel marks: Use fine steel wool to rub in floor wax.
  • Oil based stains: Break down the grease by rubbing the area with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent, then rinse with clean water. Repeat this process until the mark is removed. Once dried, the grain may be raised. This can be smoothed with fine sandpaper.
  • Water marks or white stains: Use No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain is deep, lightly sand the floor and clean with fine steel wool and mineral spirits.


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