How to care for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floor Care

They best way to clean your hardwood floor is to use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue upon it. Floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed.

Most hardwood floor cleaners are useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge.

Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor because they will dull the finish of it. These products will also affect the ability to re coat your floor later. For example if you use a oil cleaner you will have to use an mixture of vinegar and water prior to cleaning to remove the oil based cleaner.

Since wood naturally expands when it is wet you will never want to use a wet mop or excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.

Being a natural product hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.

Items for your Floor

Have a good quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt and dust.

A vacuum cleaner that doesn’t use a beater bar is great. This can be helpful in lifting dirt and grime between planks and other hard to reach places. Once dirt and grease are gone buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.

Another great item to have on hand is microfiber cloths. This item is not just for buffing it is a great tool for cleaning because it grips the surface without scratching the floor.

Deeper Surface Cleaning Methods

If your floor is showing excessive wear and tear beyond normal. The type of cleaning you may want to consider is what is called screening and re-coating.

Screening is the process used to grind down the polyurethane finish that is currently on the floor. Then you add fresh coats of urethane. Screening and re-coating will rejuvenate and prolong the life of your hardwood floor.

If the damage to the floor is so severe and has gone through the stain of the boards down to the bare wood you will need to sand and refinish that area before you finish.