Due to their beauty, durability and simple maintenance, wood floors are common in homes and businesses. Water can cause damage to the wood floors, despite their durability, so sopping up any moisture messes is essential, along with routine cleaning. Your wood floors will last a long time and in excellent condition, with the proper care and maintenance. Like most surface, they eventually need more attention than a quick surface cleaning. 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. Remember that you should always wipe any spills as they occur in order to prevent moisture damage and to remove the debris from the surface to avoid scratches and expediting the wear of your finish. Follow the steps below from time to time when the floor needs a good washing.
What Products & Tools Should I Use to Clean My Hardwood Floors?
– Use the tool you your prefer: Soft Bristled Broom, Dust Mop, or Vacuum (to avoid damage, ensure hard surface vacuum or a vacuum with a bare floor setting).
– Microfiber Mop
– Microfiber Cloths
– Furniture Pads
– Bucket of Warm Soapy Water.
How Do You Clean Hardwood Floors Step By Step?
1) Clear Out the Floor Space. For a more efficient clean, clear away all the rugs and as much furniture as possible. You can avoid any scuff marks and scratches by placing moving pads on the bottom of the furniture.
2) Remove the Surface Debris. Using your preferred choice of dust mop, broom, or vacuum, remove all of the dust and debris, especially around the edges and corners where it tends to collect.
3) With the Wood Grain, Wash the Floor. When you mop, dry the floor right after as you do it sections to prevent any moisture to linger for too long. You can wash polyurethane wood floors using a microfiber cloth or mop and bucket of warm soapy water. Ensure to use smooth strokes as you wash the floor with grain of the wood. To remove the moisture after you mop a section, promptly follow it up with a dry microfiber cloth. You risk buckling and staining on wood floors that are lacquered or shellacked if you use water on these wood floors, so do not use it. Instead, use a cleaner specifically designed to clean hardwood and engineered wood floors instead of water.
4) Add Extra Buff. With a dry microfiber cloth using circular motions with light pressure, dry the floors and remove the soapy water wood cleaner residues.
5) For More Shine. Though mopping and buffing the floors will restore the shine, if it needs additional shine, apply an approved wood floor polish and follow the directions on the label. When using commercial products always follow the directions, never use abrasive tools and stay away from harsh chemicals. Ensure the floor is completely before replacing the furniture and rugs.