5 Things to Know about Cleaning Hardwood Floors to Maintain Their Beauty

14 October 2015
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Considering hardwood floors? Maybe you already have hardwood flooring in your home. Either way, it is important that you know how to properly clean this type of flooring, as this is an important step in keeping it beautiful and increasing its longevity. Here are a few things you need to know about hardwood flooring cleaning:

1. Vacuum the Floors Regularly.

When it comes to keeping your floors clean, your best bet is to vacuum them using a brush attachment. A vacuum can be used on virtually every flooring surface, whether it be tile, hardwood, or carpet. This helps to save time and effort on your part. You don't have to vacuum your floors on a daily basis, but you should do it as often as you can to keep your floors looking great. Be sure to avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar, which can damage the wood.

2. Damp-Mop the Floors.

For a bit of a deeper cleaning of the build-up of oil, dirt, and grime than what the typical dusting can do, take a cloth or sponge and completely immerse it in water. Take it out and wring it to the point to where it is almost dry and only slightly damp, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Use this to clean the floor; this technique is known as damp mopping. Be careful to avoid allowing any excess water to stand on the floor because it can damage the hardwood. The drying time can be sped up by turning on the air conditioner or ceiling fan, especially when it is humid.

3. Use a Crayon to Repair Scratches.

No matter how hard you may try to prevent it, your hardwood flooring is probably going to endure a scratch or two over time. According to DIY Network, you can use a crayon to repair those scratches. Once you've cleaned the flooring, get a crayon that is as close as possible to the color of your flooring. Rub the crayon on the scratch to fill in the gap. Use a blow dryer set on high and heat the area where you just applied the crayon. Use a soft cloth afterward to buff it.

4. Use Cloth Diapers for Optimal Results.

If you're wondering what type of cloth you should use when mopping, dusting, or buffing your hardwood floor, you may want to consider using cloth baby diapers. Real Simple suggests these because they're super soft yet incredibly absorbent. This means that they won't scratch the floor unnecessarily and they'll help keep excess water off the floor.

5. Use Tea to Add Shine to Your Floors.

Not only can some boiling water and a couple of tea bags help clean your hardwood floors, but they can also help your floors sparkle. The tannic acid in the tea can help add a gorgeous shine to your flooring, according to DIY Network. You'll want to use a cloth that has been soaked in the tea and then wrung out so that it is damp.

When you have your hardwood flooring installed, consider asking the installer about how to keep your floor clean and in good shape. Over the years of installation, they have likely picked up some nifty tricks that they may be willing to share with you. Keep in mind that over time you may need to have your floors refinished, so make sure you have a refinishing expert in mind, such as Cooper Floors.