Wood floors are common in homes and businesses due to their beauty, durability and simple maintenance requirements. Though durable, water and heavy foot traffic can cause damage to the wood floors and routine cleaning and sopping up any moisture messes is essential. With the proper care and maintenance, your wood floors will last a long time and stay in excellent condition. Like most surfaces, they eventually need more attention than a quick surface cleaning. We at Carpet Dry Tech would like to offer a method to get it done efficiently in an effort to help you conduct the mopping duties of your wood floors as sparingly as possible. In order to prevent moisture damage and to remove the debris from the surface to avoid scratches and expediting the wear of your finish, remember that you should always wipe any spills as they occur. Follow the steps below from time to time when the floor needs a good washing.
Supplies Needed to Clean Wood Floors
Collect the following items:
– Use your preferred tool: Dust Mop, Soft Bristled Broom, or Vacuum (hard surface vacuum or a vacuum with a bare floor setting to avoid damage).
– Microfiber Mop
– Furniture Pads
– Microfiber Cloths
– Bucket of Warm Soapy Water.
How Do You Mop Hardwood Floors?
1) Empty the Floor Space. Remove all the rugs and as much furniture as possible for a more efficient clean. By putting moving pads on the bottom of the furniture, avoid any scuff marks and scratches.
2) Clear Off the Debris. Particularly around the edges and corners where it collects efficiently remove all of the dust and debris by using your preferred choice of dust mop, broom, or vacuum.
3) Wash with the Wood Grain. Prevent any moisture to linger for too long as you mop the floor in sections for efficiency and to mop and dry the floor. With a microfiber cloth mop and bucket of warm soapy water, wash polyurethane wood floors. As you wash the floor with grain of the wood, ensure to use smooth strokes. Promptly follow it up with a dry microfiber cloth to remove the moisture after you mop a section. Do not use water on wood floors that are lacquered or shellacked or you risk buckling and staining. Use a cleaner specifically designed to clean hardwood and engineered wood floors instead of water.
4) Extra Buff. As you dry the floors and remove the soapy water wood cleaner residues, use a dry microfiber cloth use circular motions with light pressure.
5) Extra Shine. If it needs additional shine, apply an approved wood floor polish and follow the directions on the label though generally, mopping and buffing the floors will restore the shine.
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Never use abrasive tools and stay away from harsh chemicals when using commercial products always follow the directions. Before replacing the furniture and rugs, ensure the floor is completely dry. Call Carpet Dry Tech and let our professionals take care of it to ensure efficiency and protection when your wood floors could use a deep hardwood floor cleaning.