Freshly installed hardwood flooring is a sight to behold. Nothing makes a home look quite as elegant as a vibrant, clean, shiny hardwood floor does. As a homeowner, upkeeping this look is something you’ll surely want to do in order to get the absolute most out of it. There are a few dos and don’ts that can be implemented into your cleaning process to stretch the life of your floor.
- Sweeping before mopping. At face value, this seems like it would be a no-brainer, but in homes where there may not be any kids or pets, the hardwood flooring may not seem like it would need a sweep before a proper mopping. Just because the dust cannot be seen doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. Always sweep before mopping. not doing so will cause all that dust and unseen debris on the floor to soak up into the floor. By skipping the sweeping step, the dust only builds up and becomes more plentiful overtime.
- Using the correct cleaners. In the case of hardwood flooring, it is always best to use the cleaning agent endorsed by the finisher. If this is a soap that may be expensive or not easily obtainable, standard dish soap that is mild or PH-neutral mixed with water will work. It’s never advised to use a substitute cleaner opposed to the recommended soap because replacements might contain ingredients that are harmful to your specific flooring.
- Routine cleaning. At the end of the day, nothing will help you maintain your hardwood flooring like a routine cleaning agenda will. In rooms where there are high levels of activity, it is advised to sweep and mop every day if probable. Rooms in which there is less activity can be tended to less frequently.