Seasonal changes bring new problems for your floors, especially hardwood flooring.
Snow, ice and salt accompany the winter season; spring comes with rain and dirt, and fall brings leaves and dirt. Hardwood floors, in particular, are significantly affected by all-weather changes and require regular upkeep. Read on to learn how to maintain your hardwood’s shine!
Hardwood floors require regular and deep cleaning routines to maintain a long-lasting shine. A quick clean should include dusting the floors with a mop to pick up dust, dirt and hair that might scratch the surface. Make sure to use a cleaning agent that isn’t harmful to the hardwood and a microfibre mop head to trap dust and grime without scratching the floor.
You can also use a vacuum instead of a mop for regular weekly cleaning; however, replace the beater bar with the floor-brush attachment to avoid scratches on the wood. Regular cleaning will help you stay on top of dirt and grime if done every other day.
With hardwood floors, deep cleaning is necessary to ensure all the nooks and crannies are properly cleaned. As the winter season ends, the floors have piled dirt, oil and grime over time that isn’t thoroughly cleaned during the week.
To start your deep cleaning routine, dilute the hardwood cleaning product as per the instructions and saturate the wood floor mop in the solution. Wring the mop till it feels only slightly damp to the touch and begin to damp-mop the floor accordingly. Be sure to mop any water spills instantly to prevent standing water on the floor. To ensure a dry surface, wipe up excess liquid immediately using a microfibre towel. For extra precaution, you can switch on a ceiling fan or the air-conditioner to speed up drying.
In areas with heavier foot traffic, such as living rooms and dining areas, scratches are inevitable but preventable. Adding furniture pads to the legs of your sofas, tables, chairs etc., will decrease the friction between your furniture and the hardwood floors.
Following these tips will help you keep your hardwood floors looking their best for the future. To learn more about our variety of hardwood floors, contact us today!