How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Whether you own the house you live in or you are just renting it out, it is still important that you keep it clean. One of the places that would need to be regularly cleaned is your floor.

It is one of the most abused places in the house, especially if you are many in the house. Not only do floors endure the heavy foot traffic, but also dirt and even stains.

To ensure that your floors stay clean, try to employ some preventive measures. One idea is that you do not allow shoes in the house. If that is not possible, you can put rugs at the entrance of the house and even all over so that you can lessen the debris and dirt that can get in the house.

You also need to make sure that your floors are always clean, and a cordless vacuum is one of the best ways to do that.

Here are tips on how to keep them clean.

  1. Invest in the right tools – You cannot just use any cleaning equipment you want. You need to make sure that they are tools that will not damage your hardwood floors. If you are using a broom, make sure that it has soft bristles so that the floor will not get scratched. When using a mop, you will also want to buy a microfiber dust mop instead of the regular one. But if you want to cut down on the time you spend cleaning, the best investment you can make is vacuums for hardwood floors. Do not buy a vacuum with a beater bar attachment. These types of vacuums can damage your floor instead of cleaning it.
  2. Don’t wait until it’s too late – You cannot be lazy when it comes to cleaning your floors. While there are some things that you do occasionally, like mopping the floor, but vacuuming and sweeping is very important. Especially when there is a lot of foot traffic and you bring your shoes inside the house. If you put off the sweeping and vacuuming until the weekend, the dust, debris, dirt and even allergens would already be piled up not just on the floor but even your other furniture.
  3. Find the right floor cleaner – Another thing you should research is the right floor cleaner. You cannot just use anything you see at the store. Some chemicals might not be appropriate and cause staining on the floor or even damage it. If you have the time, you can actually make your own natural floor cleaner. Vinegar, they say, is very good for hardwood floors. You just mix it with warm water. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can put in some essential oil.
  4. Make it pristine by removing stains – If your floor is already stained, there are tips on how to remove those stains or scratches. Just have some steel wool and floor wax handy for those dark spots and water stains. If the stain is oil-based, rub it first with dish detergent then rinse with water.

Jeff Campbell

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