Hardwood Cleaner

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 19, 2016)

Although you might not think about it often, the flooring on your home can make a big impact on the overall look and feel in an area of your home. How you choose to cover your floors says a lot about your personality and decorating style. Whether it's elegant, comfortable, casual, or unique, your floors help bring out style in every room.

Over the years, one of the most loved types of flooring is hardwood. This material has managed to withstand the test of time, and is still widely used and enjoyed today. Indeed, hardwood is a beautiful and versatile flooring type, although not necessarily the easiest to maintain.

Hardwood floors don't have to be complicated to take care of, but you can't clean them the way you might clean other flooring types. Hardwood floors require certain care to ensure that they stay looking their best. To avoid damaging your hardwood floors, be sure you know how to clean them correctly first.

As long as you have the right tools to clean your hardwood floors, your task should go smoothly. Consider these ideas before you clean your hardwood floor:

  • Before you begin cleaning your wood floors, do a thorough sweeping or vacuuming job first. This will remove any loose dirt, dust, and debris and will bring about the best overall results.
  • Don't let water or other liquids remain on the floor for long. Because liquids can damage your floor, don't use a normal mopping method to clean your hardwood floors. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen. If your hardwood floor has been sealed, you may be able to mop safely.
  • Find a high-quality commercial hardwood cleaner and apply it to your floor according to the bottle's instructions. This is the safest way to clean your hardwood floors.
  • Consult the floor manufacturer's information about cleaning to find out the safest and most effective cleaner and cleaning method for your particular flooring. Although most commercial cleaners should be safe, it is best to be certain.
  • Consider waxing and buffing the floor after cleaning. Although this is not necessary, it will add a lovely shine to the surface.

By cleaning your hardwood floor correctly, you can keep it looking beautiful for a long time to come. If you are unsure about a certain hardwood floor cleaner, it is important that you consult the manufacturer for help to ensure you don't accidentally ruin the floor.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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