Common in homes and businesses, wood floors are a common element due to their simple maintenance, durability, and beauty. Despite their durability, the primary threat to wood floors is moisture exposure, and it can cause irreparable damage. This makes it crucial to immediately address spills and contact with anything moist or liquid. Your wood floors will last a long time and in excellent condition with the proper care and maintenance. Over time, wood floors need a deeper clean than a daily surface clean. In an effort to help you conduct the mopping duties of your wood floors as sparingly as possible, we at Carpet Dry-Tech would like to offer a method to get it done efficiently. Always keep in mind that you should always wipe any spills as they occur to prevent moisture damage and avoid scratches that expedite the wear of your finish by removing the debris from the surface. When the floors need a washing, follow the steps below.
Best Things to Use to Clean Wood Floors
Gather the Following Items
– Furniture Pads
– Microfiber Cloths
– Microfiber Mop
– Specific Wood-Safe Cleaning Product or a Spray Bottle of Warm Soapy Water
Preferred Tool: Dust Mop, Soft Bristled Broom, or Vacuum (hard surface vacuum or a vacuum with a bare floor setting to avoid damage).
How Do Professionals Clean Hardwood Floors?
1) Clear Out the Floor Space. For a more efficient clean be sure to remove all the rugs and as much furniture as possible. You can avoid any scuff marks and scratches by putting moving pads on the bottom of the furniture.
2) Debris Removal. Use your preferred choice of dust mop, broom, or vacuum to remove all of the dust and debris, paying particular attention to edges and corners where it collects.
3) Clean with the Wood Grain. Mop the floor in sections for efficiency and to mop and dry the floor as you go to prevent any moisture to linger for too long. Wash polyurethane wood floors with microfiber cloth or mop and your preferred cleaning solution. Ensure to use smooth strokes as you wash the floor with grain of the wood. As mentioned, after you mop a section, promptly follow it up with a dry microfiber cloth to remove the moisture. You risk buckling and staining if you use water on wood floors that are lacquered or shellacked, so avoid water for cleaning. Instead of water, use a cleaner specifically designed to clean hardwood and engineered wood floors.
4) Enhanced Buff. With a dry microfiber cloth, use circular motions with light pressure to dry the floors and remove the soapy water wood cleaner residues.
5) Shine Boost. Though generally, mopping and buffing the floors will restore the shine, apply an approved wood floor polish and follow the directions on the label if it needs additional shine.
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When using commercial products always follow the directions, never use abrasive tools and stay away from harsh chemicals. Ensure the floor is completely dry before replacing the furniture and rugs. To ensure the wood floors get a deep clean safely, call Carpet Dry-Tech and let our professionals take care of the cleaning needs.