How to Clean Hardwood Floors
If you think Hardwood floors are sensitive and require special DC, think again. The opposite is the case: most wooden floors are covered with polyurethane, which makes them one of the most durable floor coverings. Like everything in your home, it is best to clean wooden floors well and often. Wooden floors can be particularly worn in high-traffic areas. That is why Carolyn Forte, director of Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab provides easy-to-understand instructions on the most effective ways to restore your dull, dirty wooden floors.
How to clean hardwood floors
Not every parquet floor needs the same care. First, examine how much traffic your floors have and then determine a cleaning schedule that makes the most sense. As a rule of thumb, wooden floors should be vacuumed at least once a week and wet cleaned every one to two months (more or less frequently depending on traffic). Follow the steps below to clean it:
- Wet clean with surface treated floors Bona hardwood floor cleaner spray. Spray a small area of 3 x 3 feet with the cleaner and pick up loosened dirt with one Microfiber mop.
- Work your way around the entire floor and clean a small area at a time.
- If you come across a spot that needs to be reworked quickly, clean it with a damp paper towel and wipe it dry.
How to remove scratch marks from hardwood floors
Because dirt isn’t always the main culprit. If you move furniture or wear shoes inside you may notice scratches on your wooden floors. Fortunately, they can easily be rubbed off with a little elbow grease.
- To remove light scratches, polish them with a sock or a clean, flaky tennis ball.
- Apply to remove heavier scratches Baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub the marker until it disappears. Rinse with a damp paper towel and polish dry.
Proven tips for cleaner wooden floors
Take off your shoes.
“I am firmly convinced that I take off my shoes as soon as I come in the door, because this simple action helps to remove practically all the dirt that can be found, which can destroy the finish of a wooden floor,” he says. Dirt and sand are abrasive and can scratch the floor over time.
Nothing removes dirt and fine residues from the cracks and crevices of a wooden floor like a good vacuum cleaner. The best choice is a Canister sucker because it has a long, oval floor brush to reach tiny spaces. “If you only have an upright model, you have to switch off the rotating brush so that the bristles do not scratch your floors,” recommends Forte.
Clear up spills as soon as possible.
Spills are inevitable, but if you let them dry on the floor, they will dull the finish and attract additional dirt. The stain is immediately spilled with an absorbent cloth. “The worst thing you can do is drop puddles of water on the floor,” says Forte. Then use a damp paper towel to remove residue and polish it dry.