Over the cold winter months, your hardwood floors probably took a beating. Wet feet track in mud, salt and debris. Dust and dirt collect in dark corners. So with the coming of spring, take some time to deep clean and rejuvenate your hardwood floors.
Fortunately, hardwood floors are extremely easy to care for. Newer hardwood floors don't require much maintenance, especially if you care for them appropriately on a daily basis. Read on to learn how you can keep your hardwood floors looking great all year long.
First, remove dust, dirt or pet hair that could scratch your floors. Use a vacuum, microfiber cloth or dust mop. If you use a vacuum, don't use the brush attachment. Use only the bare floor setting to avoid scratching the floors.
Next, use a wood-cleaning product to remove dirt and oil buildup. Follow the instructions on the bottle to avoid damaging the surface. Most products of this nature needtobe diluted with water. Use a sponge, cloth or soft mop to apply the product, but make certain to squeeze out any extra liquid as water can damage the floor. Depending on the product you use, you may need to damp mop the floor after applying the cleaner.
Last, blot up any extra water on the floor. Moisture can damage the wood if left standing for a long period of time. If it's humid, turn on a fan to help the floor dry a bit quicker.
Tips for mopping hardwood floors:
Chances are good you'll notice some imperfections in your freshly cleaned floors. Don't panic. Here are some tips to help you spot clean.
Chewing gum stuck to the floor? Fill a plastic bag with ice and place it on the gum. Eventually, the sticky stuff will turn dry and brittle, allowing you to peel it right off. You may need to damp mop the area after removing the gum.
Find some scuff marks on your light wood floors? Sprinkle a little baking soda on the area and rub gently with a damp sponge. The marks will disappear like magic.
Notice water spots on your waxed hardwood floor? Pour some mineral spirits on a very fine steel wool pad and very carefully rub and spot. You'll probably need to put down a thin layer of liquid or paste wax to protect the surface.
Drop a plate of spaghetti on your floor? Wipe up the sauce as quickly as possible using a damp sponge or a commercial hardwood floor cleaner. Dry the area thoroughly and apply your favorite wax.
Every few years,your hardwood floors will need a bit more than a deep clean to stay shiny. You'll need to reapply the sealant topcoat to the floor to not only make it gleam, but to protect the wood underneath. If the floors are in really bad condition,you may need to rent a belt sander and remove the top layer of wood. You'll need to restain the floor and reapply the varnish.
Some people choose to do these job themselves but many hire a professional to take on the job. It's a lot of work, especially if the floors need to be completely refinished, and you won't be able to walk on the floors for several days to allow the topcoat to set.
To keep hardwood floors looking great, keep these tips in mind.
Hardwood floors add style and versatility to homes and businesses. They can look great for years to come using these tips for deep cleaning and everyday maintenance.