You finally hired us for your hardwood floor installation in Aurora! Now it is time to learn how to properly care for your new floor. Cut hardwood floor cleaning time with smart preventative maintenance. Place mats both outside and inside exterior doors to decrease tracked in dirt. In snowy or rainy weather, include a boot removal area to avoid damage from water. You can easily prevent marks by using floor protectors under furniture and by using rugs in play areas to ensure children’s toys don’t scratch the floor.
Hardwood Floors: Basic Care
Speed up the cleaning process by first dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair that might scratch the floor surface. For weekly or biweekly cleaning, vacuum with a floor brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment because it can scratch a wood floor’s finish.
Dirt, oil, and grime build up over time and are not completely removed by a weekly dust mopping. For deep cleaning, use a wood cleaning product diluted according to the label instructions. Saturate a sponge or rag mop in the water, then wring it almost dry to it feels only slightly damp to the touch. Wipe up any excess liquid because standing water can damage wood surfaces.
Consider your floor’s finish before trying to remove a mark. If the stain is on the surface, your floor probably has a hard finish. If the stain has penetrated through to the wood, the floor probably has a soft oiled finish which is common in older homes whose floors have not been refinished and resealed. Wipe surface stains from a hard finish with a soft, clean cloth. Never use sandpaper, steel wool, or harsh chemicals because they can permanently damage the finish.