Hardwood floors are very easy to clean and maintain, if done correctly. It is equally important as making the choice of hardwood floors. And yes, cleaning and maintaining hardwood floors will surely be worth it in terms of a longer life for your floor.
The most important rule when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors is to avoid water. Water can damage your hardwood floor taking away all the expense, effort and time spent in putting the floors. Spills should be cleared immediately, otherwise the water can seep into wood causing the finish to split and your floors to warp and cup. Also, do not use water when cleaning hardwood floors. Hardwood floors can be used in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens but extra care must be given for any spills that may occur.
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For the day-to-day cleaning of your hardwood floors, use a soft, fine bristle broom to sweep and remove dirt and grit. Dirt, grit and debris can also be prevented from coming onto the floor by placing mats and rugs at all entrances.
You can also vacuum your hardwood floors while using a soft brush as an attachment. Vacuuming can be done twice a week. Later, a damp mop can be used to wipe the floor. But be careful! A damp mop means it should be damp, and not dripping with water. Oil soaps should not be used as they can leave a residue on the floor. Neutral pH based wood floor cleaners can be used when cleaning hardwood floors. To remove tough spots and stains like oil, markers, cigarette burns, paint, lipstick, or ink, acetone or nail polish remover can be used with the help of a clean cloth. Make sure you dry the floor soon after getting rid of the stain.