Hardwood floors are cherished for their elegant look, rich texture, and natural beauty. But you need to keep your beautiful wood floor clean from dirt, dust, and stains, so that it can retain its classy look for several years. However, there is no need to worry, as cleaning this floor is not such a difficult task.
How to Keep Hardwood Floors Clean
Do not use a broom with harsh bristles, and a vacuum cleaner with the beater brush attachment, as they can cause considerable damage to the floor. Instead, use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment for cleaning your wood floor.
Hardwood floors are not resistant to moisture, and so, it is not advisable to use a large amount of water for cleaning them, especially if they contain worn out patches.
If the floor is in good condition, you can use a damp mop for wiping the surface. First, use soapy water to gently rub the surface and then use freshwater. Now, dry the area completely using a soft and dry towel or cloth. If your floor has polyurethane coating, then a half dry mop can be used for cleaning it.
Before applying any product on your floor, try it in a small area to avoid any possible damage. For cleaning stains, rubbing alcohol is a good option. Use a mixture of vinegar and water, which not only cleanses but also eliminates odor from the floor. However, the regular use of vinegar can make the floor dull.
Occasionally, waxing and polishing can be required to maintain the shine and glaze of your hardwood floor. But floors having polyurethane finish do not require waxing. Regular cleaning is sufficient to preserve the shine of such floors.
Do not expose the floor to direct sunlight, and avoid walking over it wearing high-heeled shoes. For proper maintenance and cleaning, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions given in the user manual.