Learning More About Hardwood Flooring

Best Kept Secrets For Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

by Juanita Perkins

Brushing your hardwood floor doesn't get rid of all the dirt and grime that it has collected. You need to do more than a once-over each week with the vacuum cleaner. It's time to follow the best kept secrets to make sure your hardwood floors are spotless and that you don't damage your health.

Use Dusting Agents to Collect the Dust

When you brush or mop, you'll start spreading the dust around the house. This eventually will land back on your floor. You want to make sure you collect all the dust from the floor, rather than spreading it. Use a dusting agent to collect up all the dust on a mop. This will also pick up pet hair and dirt.

You can also use electronic cloths for the dusting. These will make the dust stick rather than just move it around the home. If you do decide to vacuum it all up, avoid using the beater element, since it could damage the floor.

Get on Your Hands and Knees

Every three months or so, you'll want to get on your hands and knees to really give your floor a cleaning. A wood cleaner will work, but you should dilute it to make sure you don't damage your particular flooring. Using a sponge will help you really get into any of the lips within your flooring.

Make sure the sponge is just damp, rather than wet. This will prevent any standing water, causing rotting and damp problems within the wood. Before you start, read the instructions of the cleaning product. If it doesn't say to rinse the floor with water afterwards, don't bother. Let the product do all the hard work for you.

Consider the Floor Finish

There are two main types of finish for floors: hard or soft. Hard finishes will keep stains on the top, whereas stains can seep into the wood with soft finishes. You'll need to consider this finish before you even start working on the stains. If you use steel wool or scrubbers on hard finishes, you'll damage them. A soft cloth will be enough.

After removing the stain on soft finishes, you can re-stain the spot and buffer it. This will help it blend in with the rest of the hard wood, rather than standing out to mark where the stain always was. This works very well with heel scuffs that will be all over the wood.

Cleaning your hardwood floor means more than a quick brush on a daily basis. You'll need to do a deeper clean on a monthly and yearly basis. Follow the tips above, and your floor will look as good as new.