So, you want beautiful hardwood floors because they’re gorgeous, durable, and hold their resale value. Just remember that cleaning and maintaining your hardwood flooring is needed to keep them looking their best for years to come. Our floor experts at JD Enterprise in Denver want to help you keep your hardwood floors beautiful for a lifetime. Here we provide you with some tips for proper hardwood floor cleaning and maintenance.
Take precautions as you move in.
Whether it’s a business or your home, you want to take care so your hardwood floors don’t get damaged as you move-in.
Clean your floors so small pebbles and debris don’t scratch it as you move-in. It will help if you put felt pads on the legs of all your furniture, so the sharp edges don’t scratch and damage flooring. Be extra careful when moving appliances, so the wheels and corners don’t dent your hardwood flooring. If you are moving into an office, you should put down a plastic mat on the floor so the grit and dirt on the caster wheels of the chairs don’t wear off the flooring finish.
Perform regular cleaning and maintenance.
While you should dust or vacuum your floors often without using any household dust treatments, you should try not to over clean the floors. Absolutely remember to clean up spills right away. Otherwise, wash them only when needed and focus primarily on those visibly dirty areas.
Be careful about what cleaning products you use. If your cleaning solution has a large amount of soap, it can leave a residue on your hardwood floor, and it will eventually begin to look smudged and not very clean. Even using water on your hardwood flooring will leave a film because the water settles and dries on the surface of the hardwood floor. Water can also create damage to the finish on the hardwood flooring because the water is absorbed by the wood flooring which causes the finish to crack. It’s best if you can avoid using soap, water, or a steam mop on your hardwood flooring.
Instead, use a cleaner that is specially made for hardwood floors, like Bona. These cleaners are non-toxic, quick drying, safely add a protective urethane layer, and fill in micro-scratches.
To begin, make sure you sweep or vacuum your floors. You don’t want to have any debris, dust, or solid particles on the surface of the floor. You may want to go ahead and also dry mop the floors to make sure you get any excess dust and grime. Then you spray the floor with cleaner and spread it all over your hardwood floor with a mop. Now before the floor cleaner is completely dry, take two or so layers of paper towels and put them between the mop and the hardwood flooring. Using the paper towels on the end of your mop, wipe the flooring until it is dry. If you use this paper towel trick it will get up any excess film on the hardwood flooring.
By cleaning and maintaining your hardwood flooring you can keep them looking great and help prevent damage. Our flooring professionals at JD Enterprise in Denver can help you install new hardwood floors, or strip and stain older floors. We can also repair and refinish damaged hardwood floors. So, whether you need new hardwood floors or you want to get your current floors back to their old luster, call us at JD Enterprise. We’re the floor experts.