How to clean a hardwood floor

There are a few things you need to be aware of when cleaning a hardwood floor.

First, you need to plan. Hardwood floors take a little while to dry after being cleaned, and you need to prepare for this. Make sure that nobody in your home walks on the hardwood floor after cleaning it. When wet, hardwood floors can be extremely slippery and can also undo what you have cleaned if walked on.

Make sure you sweep the floor thoroughly before cleaning it. While a lot of floor cleaners can pick up dirt and other things that can be swept, it is still a better idea to sweep before using your floor cleaner of choice. You do not want solid materials that could have been swept stuck inside of your floor cleaner.

When physically cleaning the floor, make sure you go over it as much as possible. While this seems like obvious advice, there are some instances where you can miss certain areas of the floor. Make sure you keep track of where you are cleaning.

Finally, make sure your floor cleaner of choice has the proper cleaning solution and other materials, this way you can clean the hardwood floor with confidence. While using the wrong solution and other materials will not directly damage the floor, it could cause things like streaks or discoloration.

FAQ

What Can I use to Clean my Hardwood Floors?

Alkaline products, abrasive cleaners, and ammonia will dull and scratch the finish. Use the floor cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher. Just using water alone will have your floors looking dingy. Water and vinegar isn’t as effective as soap and water. When using wax make sure it is liquid because it is easier to apply than paste.

How Do You Clean and Polish Hardwood Floors?

First remove furniture and rugs. Then vacuum, sweep or use a dust mop to get rid of debris. Then find out what the finish of your floors are. Lacquered floors need to be waxed regularly. They can’t have water on them. For polyurethane floors it’s safe to use water and soap. Just make sure to wring out the mop until it’s damp. Then after cleaning buff and then polish your floors.

Is It Safe to Clean Hardwood Floors with Vinegar?

Despite popular opinion vinegar is not safe to use on hardwood floors. Vinegar’s acidity can lead to etching in your wood’s surface. Vinegar and water isn’t as effective as soap and water. Vinegar and water can dull your floors. Even though there are many articles recommending vinegar to clean your floors don’t buy the hype.

Hardwood Flooring Installation

The first step to installing hardwood floors is knowing how much materials you will need. To do that you need to calculate the room’s square footage. To do that measure the length and width of the room. Then multiply them and add 10 percent for mistakes and warped boards. After that remove the carpet, tack strips, and baseboards. Once you have done that make sure your subfloor is clean, dry, level, and structurally sound. If you have any glue, paint, wax, oils, or adhesives remove them with a sander.  If you have odor or pet stains use a stain remover, then apply a primer sealer over it.

Then check your floors moisture levels with a meter. Your floor manufacturer will list acceptable readings. If the moisture level is too high you may need to call a pro for help. Once your subflooring is prepped you can lay down the underlayment. Then run the flooring along the length of the room with an expansion gap at the perimeter. Don’t line up the joints stagger them instead. Tap the boards together with a tapping block. After the first few rows use a flooring nailer. Cut around vents or columns. Use a crowbar to wedge the last few pieces in place.

Reduce Costs in Floor Maintenance

One of the most expensive cleaning jobs is floor maintenance. There are many ways to reduce the frequency of deep cleaning floors, but with simple measures we can make better use of resources. Especially in times of crisis and budgetary adjustments. With these tips, surfaces where Deep Floor Cleaning had to be applied two or three times a year, can now be reduced to once a year.

  • First, you must reduce the amount of dirt brought by visitors to a building. Many studies have revealed that between 80% and 90% of the dirt and dust in an area comes from people’s shoes. Good carpets for the entrances of buildings are important for the maintenance of the floors, because they tackle the dirt and dust of the visitors’ shoes.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floors daily and more frequently in busy places. This helps limit the possibility of dirt and dust damaging the finish of the floors. A vacuum cleaner or automatic or manual sweeper can help make this job easy and fast. With a sweeper you can work, even at all times because they are very quiet.
  • Wash the floor daily with mop and juicer with a neutral cleaner. If it is a very large surface, you can use an automatic scrubber suited to the size of the area. This will ensure that the elements harmful to the floor are reduced and thus avoid scratches and degradation of its finish.
  • Polish floors with some regularity. Use a polishing machine with disc, according to the type and finish of the floor. So you can remove even more dirty and “lift” the shine of the floor. If it is a surface with a lot of traffic, you will have to increase the frequency to better protect the floor. Our scrubbers serve to polish and polish, since they include the trawl to use discs of different colors such as polishers. So you can continue with the maintenance of these without problems of schedule and traffic.

Final Words

Taking care of your hardwood floors doesn’t have to be so challenging. Gone are the days where you have to buff, polish, and clean by hand. No more having to use a broom and mop. There are hardwood floor cleaning machines that will vacuum up your hardwood floors. There are some like the Bissell Crosswave that vacuum and mop. These cleaning machines are safe to use on hardwoods. It’s just a matter of finding one that fits your needs.

Buying a new hardwood floor cleaner does not need to be stressful or complicated. It is actually very easy if you know the details of your home and know what kind of cleaners are out there.

Knowing the details of your own home is important because of the diverse amount of cleaners that exist. Also, certain cleaning machines can clean more than one surface. Some of them are cordless. It is up to you to know which ones are the most effective for you.

Thankfully, this list has analyzed cleaning machines that are very diverse in their functioning. Whether you own a large home, a small home, a home with one floor, or a home with two floors, you’ll be able to find a cleaning machine that is just right for you.