Whether you’ve had a hardwood floor for years or you just installed a new one, it will get dirty at some point. But how do they get dirty? Hardwood floors get dirty from the spills, dust, and other foreign materials in your house. For instance, if you have kids or pets in the house, the chance of staining the floor is very high. But if you follow the right cleaning procedure, you can clean your floor with ease. Dust particles from the windows and the ceiling or dirt, grime, dust, and debris you bring from outside make the floor dirty. If there’s high traffic in your house, you should clean your hardwood flooring regularly using the right equipment and cleaning products.
Properly cleaning any wood surface
The key to properly cleaning a hardwood floor is doing it regularly and methodically. Dirty floors are not only unclean but they also do damage to the wood, thus increasing the cost of repairing, refinishing or replacing.
To clean a hardwood floor, you need to invest in the right cleaning tools. A microfiber dust mop is an ideal tool to remove dirt, dust, and other particles from the floor. Alternatively, investing in a robot vacuum is a good move because it vacuums and mops your floor even when you are away. Modern robot vacuums can also be programmed to clean when you are away from home through an app, especially if you have limited time to do it yourself.
How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar
Vinegar is the best hardwood floor cleaner because it’s safe, natural, and inexpensive. However, you need to use the right ratios when making the cleaning mixture to avoid damaging the floor. Use a ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and one gallon of warm water to make a solution. Alternatively, you can use a ½ cup of white vinegar and a gallon of water to make a cleaning solution.
Start by dusting the floor to remove dust particles and other foreign materials on your floor. Then, using a flat mop that has a microfiber cover to clean your floor. Remember, water damages wood causing deterioration or warping (even sealed floors) therefore, use a damp mop rather than soaking one in water.
In high-traffic areas like the kitchen, dining, and living room, you should sweep or vacuum daily and mop either once or twice every week. However, in areas with less traffic, moping once or twice a month is recommended.
What are the advantages of regularly cleaning the hardwood floor?
Cleaning a hardwood floor right and regularly has numerous benefits. Doing it right protects the floor from water damage thus reducing the cost of refinishing, repairing. Additionally, since you will prevent mold growth, you’ll protect your loved ones from allergens and consequently reduce hospital bills. However, if you have limited skills or knowledge about cleaning hardwood floors, you should consider hiring a professional company instead of taking risks. Finally, do thorough research and read reviews from other users/homeowners when buying cleaning tools or cleaning products to help you make the right choice.