Tips to keep hardwood floors clean

Without question, it definitely is nice to have hardwood floors in your home. A certain air of class is felt by whoever steps inside once they feel the flooring is made of hard wood. With that in mind, it is no easy task to keep hardwood floors in their best shape and appearance. That does not mean you cannot do your part to keep it from being dirty. In the following article, I will discuss a few home-friendly tips to do just that.

First, a few preventive measures…

As with everything else, prevention is better than cure. These few simple measures can save you a great deal of time, energy, and money if you do them regularly.

Sweep every day, vacuum once a week

Dust particles can easily accumulate if left unnoticed. Sweeping at least once a day keeps the level of dust at bay, taking out the vacuum once a week and running it across the floor will be also of great help.

Keep a close eye on sprays and polish

These products contain certain chemicals that can dull the floor’s finish if it gets contact to it. Whenever you use a polish or hairsprays and some of it gets sprayed on the floor, wipe it immediately with a damp cloth.

Keep your floor free from liquids

Not only can liquids affect the floor’s finish, it can deep-set into the wood and leave ugly marks; if neglected, it can even lead to rotting. Is something spills, wipe it at once.

Use appropriate chemicals

Whenever you plan to clean your floor and use cleaning agents, ensure you are using the correct type of cleaner on the type of wood you have. If you are unsure, use the all-purpose kind.

Invest on rugs and doormats

Dust particles and other elements can get into the soles of your footwear. Having a mat immediately outside and inside the door reduces the risk of grime being brought inside your home and onto the floor.

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Tips to keep hardwood floors clean

Now to the cleaning…

What you need:

  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Water
  • White vinegar

Steps for the actual cleaning

1. Keep the floor free of anything

The area you plan to clean should not have anything on it. If there are some pieces of furniture or appliance on it, stow it away at another room.

2. Use that broom

Dusting is the first step in cleaning. Make sure you catch as much as you can; if you have a vacuum you can get better results using it.

3. Wipe the area

Dampen the mop with the mixture of 3 parts warm water and 1 part vinegar then wipe the surface going with the grain, this should rid the floor of the layer of dust that had settled and bring out the real color of your floor. Keep in mind that the mop should only be damp, a drenched mop can affect the wood negatively.

Optional

Apply wax

Once completely dry, you can start applying wax or any other finishing product you wish to apply. Before doing so, make sure that you are using a product that is compatible with the type of wood finish you have. Another alternative is putting your choice of essential oil in the solution of water and vinegar. This can give the floor a nice finish and a nice smell.

Advanced Tips

Keep a schedule, and stick to it.

If you have a few minutes to spare during your lazy days spent at home, you can spend that sweeping, vacuuming, or wiping. Doing this at least once a week can help prevent dust from building up too much. Vacuuming once a week can also do you great wonders. You can do a spot cleanings too while you’re at it. This will prevent marks from having more permanent effects.

Hire professionals if it is due

There might come a time when you yourself cannot maintain the upkeep of your hardwood floor. When this happens, hiring people who maintain hardwood floors for a living. They have the proper tools and equipment to do a thorough cleaning and maintenance. They may even chemicals to prevent the wood from premature dulling or rotting.


Following these few simple steps will pay off in the long run. Not only will they keep your hardwood floor clean, they will also maintain the floor and keep it from being contaminated. Was this article of help to you? If so, hit the like and share buttons so other people can benefit from them, too. You can also leave us a few words for any feedback.

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Megan Ann
 

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. In this blog, I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge.

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