Wooden floors are harder to clean as they actually need you to be careful with them; while carpets can usually take (relative) punishment, a hardwood floor is very easy to score, scar and damage with too much force applied. To avoid that, here are some tips for making sure you can clean your hardwood floor without issue.
- In terms of using a vacuum cleaner, people make the mistake of doing this bi-weekly. Do it once every few days and you can keep the floor sparkling and shiny. Use an oval brush if you can, and make sure you always are light with the cleaning. The harder you are, the more likely it is that you will damage and depreciate the quality of the flooring.
- Just always be very soft with the vacuum and if yours has a rotating brush, do not use it. The speed and pace of the brushes can cause cracking and damage to the flooring on a micro level; but it will still be noticeable and will only be liable to get worse in future.
- Always take your shoes off when you come in the door. This stops any dirt from being trailed through and makes sure that your floor is not going to need you to dig in hard to lift in caked-up dirt, making it much easier to clean. Dirt is also an abrasive substance and over time it will begin to cause tiny scratches to appear on the surface of the wood, damaging it immensely.
- Avoid excessive use of water when cleaning, too. Many people are excessively liberal with water usage when it comes to their hardwood flooring, and this can have problems. If you do need to use water, be very conservative with the amounts needed as too much water can begin to puddle and leave a really dull, empty look to your hardwood. If you must clean it, use a natural floor cleaning product.
- If something spills on the hardwood flooring, handle it now. Don’t leave it for five minutes, and don’t leave it for two. Get it now. They will only help to weaken and dull the finish of the flooring, leaving you to deal with some rather damaged hardwood flooring. If you are looking to maintain a level of opulence about your home, then make sure you get any spills with an absorbent cloth, and then us a slightly damp towel to buff it off and to get rid of any residue left over.
Using the above, you should find it a bit easier to manage a hardwood flooring. Being light and gentle is the order of the day, as this kind of flooring is usually easy to damage permanently.