Wood floors are becoming more and more popular in the home renovation world, and there’s a good reason why. Wood floors create a sleek minimalistic look and are often easier to maintain than every other floor option. Maintaining wood floors does take effort and often times it better to hire professional wood floor cleaners.
Ways to Maintain Your Wood Floors
In between your professional deep cleanings, however, there are things you can do to help maintain the integrity and health of your hardwood floors. Here are a few tips:
Sweeping & Dusting
Probably the best thing you can do for your hardwood floor is to sweep or dust them regularly with a gentle broom or cloth. Over time, dust particles as well as dirt and grime can build up on the surface and in the grain of the wood. Allergens that accumulate on the floor not only can spread through the home and be detrimental to one’s health, but they can also cause damage to the floor through scrapes and other surface damage. For this reason it is important to use a gentle broom that won’t scratch your floor.
Mopping Every So Often
Mopping is also a common way many people try to keep their hardwood floors clean. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when mopping. First, try to avoid traditional store-bought soaps and detergents, as these tend to leave a sheen or film on the surface, and may even contain harmful chemicals. Next, it is crucial to avoid allowing water to pool on your floor. Pooling water can cause the wood to warp and result in permanent damage. To avoid this, wring your mop out thoroughly before you use it, and if necessary, dry your floors manually after mopping.
Vacuuming on The Weekends
An alternative to mopping is vacuuming, although care should be taken. Vacuums are heavy, and also have the potential to scratch the surface of your hardwood floors. Be sure to use a vacuum that has a hard floor function and be cautious of vacuums that have beater bars and wheels that could cause dents.
Buffing the Floor
After clearing the dirt, buffing your hardwood floor can be a great way to clear remaining dirt and give your floor some extra shine. Use a microfiber cloth or a non-abrasive towel to avoid scuffs, and work in the direction of the grain.
Don’t use oils or waxes
While oils, waxes, and similar store-bought products may seem like a good idea to keep your floor looking shiny, they often result in the build-up of residue, and can cause lasting damage.
Have them professionally cleaned
The most effective way to keep your hardwood floors in top condition and protect your investment in them is to have them professionally cleaned. This will not only deep clean them to make them and your home healthier, but it will restore the natural beauty and add a shine that will help prevent future build up.
Choosing a Hardwood Floor Cleaner: The Chem-Dry Advantage
The Chem-Dry professional wood floor cleaning process is the safest and most effective way to clean solid wood and engineered wood floors as well as LVT (or luxury vinyl tile) flooring. This is because of the many benefits of our superior process, including:
- A deep clean using industry-leading equipment, including rotating brushes that remove dirt, grime, and allergens from deep in the grain of the wood
- A green-certified hardwood floor cleaning that is safe for both people and pets
- Minimal use of water to protect the wood from damage
- A vacuum that extracts both water and contaminants
- A durable polish that leaves a protective barrier and healthy shine
When choosing a hardwood floor cleaner, the best decision for you and your home is to go with Carine Chem-Dry – a company and name you trust. Our professional wood floor cleaning is not only the best option for getting your wood floors looking beautiful again, but also the best way to keep them clean and clean for you and your family. Carine Chem-Dry in Suffolk County & Southampton, NY is the Healthy Home Authority when it comes to keeping your home clean and healthy, including wood floor cleaning.