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How often you should clean hardwood floors – and the right way to do it.

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Flooring material can have an immense impact on the general appearance of a home. Better installed and maintained flooring can manifold a house’s value. Hardwood is one of the most common flooring types used. The wide range of tones and types give people myriad options to match with the theme of their interior design. These floors are durable, long-lasting, pressure-resistant and give a rustic yet grand look to a room. Hardwood Floors are very easy to clean and their maintenance is not costly at all. Yet, its cleaning needs a lot of vigilance, and minor mistakes can damage your floor’s surface.  

How often do you clean?

Hardwood Floors need to be cleaned every other day with a dry soft mop or a broom to gather any food crumbs, lint or dust particles. You might skip cleaning every other day, and just hold a mop once in a week, if you have a little family with no little children to be creating a mess everywhere. Likewise, you can clean a room on a daily basis where you spend the most time in. For instance, the kitchen and the living room need more cleaning than a guest room. Hardwood floors are recommended to be deep cleaned every month.

Here we have a detailed explanation of the process to help you clean your floors the right way.

  1. Pick up the food crumbs and dirt with a vacuum cleaner that has been specifically designed for cleaning hardwood floors. Those that are used for carpets and rugs are harsh and can end up scratching your valuable flooring. 
  2. You can skip using a vacuum and rather use a broom with soft bristles to collect the dust. 
  3. Now it’s time to clean the floor with a liquid soap designed for wood cleaning. Mix a few drops or a tablespoon of the cleaner with warm water. Every cleaner comes with a set of instructions to guide you. Now you either mop or hand clean the floors with this mixture. Make sure you don’t allow more liquid to reach the surface, it is because one shouldn’t be adding too much water to the wood. 
  4. Wipe the cleaning mixture with a dry cloth or a mop to rinse off the material from the hardwood surface. 
  5. Pertaining to this fact that water has deleterious impacts on hardwood, companies have come with alternate solutions. They have manufactured ready-made water-based liquid cleaners to help you clean stubborn stains without having to make any mixture. All you have to do is spray the liquid on the surface and gently rub it with a soft cloth/mop.  
  6. Make sure while rubbing the floor you move the mop or the cloth in the direction of the planks. This will help prevent any damage to the surface.
  7. After a deep cleaning, your floors need to be coated with a protective layer of wax or oil to give a lustrous look to the surface. But this coating has to be applied after 2-3 years, depending on the condition of your floors. 
  8. You might as well give a call to a General Contractor to hire professional services if your floors are very dirty and stained. 

Make Your Own Cleaner:

Cleaning liquid can cost you around $15 per bottle. To save a few bucks, you can come with alternate homemade cleaning solutions. Moreover, these solutions are safe for the environment and for you. Here is a list of DIY cleaners that you can make instantly from the ingredients lying in your kitchen cabinet. 

  1. Clean with vinegar:

Acetic acid is a life-savior when it comes to household problems. Be it unclogging the kitchen and toilet drains or cleaning stubborn stains and marks on hardwood floors. Just mix half a cup of vinegar with a small bucket of warm water and you are good to go. But, as said earlier, make sure you don’t wet your floors while cleaning. 

  1. Use a tea bag:

Dip 2 or 3 tea bags in warm water not to make yourself a cup of tea, but to clean and give a lustrous shine to your hardwood floors.   

  1. Clean with a dishwashing soap:

A dishwashing liquid is the easiest to get. Pour a cup of this cleaning agent in a large bucket of warm water, mix the two gently and rinse your floors. 

  1. Use caustic soda:

Caustic soda can make cleaning a lot easier. A quarter cup of this compound mixed with a quarter cup of vinegar and a large bucket of water make an instant cleaner. You might also add a dash of liquid soap to make the application easier.

  1. Add essential oils:

One of the best tricks to avoid the sharp smell of vinegar and caustic soda is to add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice.

  1. Can replace vinegar with lemon:

Both being acids have sort of similar impacts on cleaning. You can use lemon juice and water instead of vinegar for cleaning your floors. But, squeezing lemon is no easy job, so get yourself a bottle of lemon juice from the nearest store.

  1. Use a pencil rubber/eraser:

One of the easiest things to do to clean any furniture marks on your wooden floors is to rub them with an eraser. This will instantly remove those patches that take away the shiny look of your floors.

In case, if you have moved to a new house and need an overall upgrade in the appearance of your home, hire the services of a General Contractor, who have all sorts of professionals, expert in their relevant fields. They can provide you painters, hardwood flooring installers and cleaners, electricians, water pressure cleaners, plumbers, etc.

Tips to prevent dirt accumulation and patches on hardwood floors:

  • Place door mats at the entrance and exit of your door. These help in collecting the dirt particles.
  • Make sure you and your family own indoor slippers that are soft at the bottom and also clean, to prevent any scratches due to heels or dirt accumulating on your valuable floors.
  • There are rubber mats available in the market to be placed under furniture to prevent any scratches.
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