Wood floor cleaning is vital to ensure that your investment – a hardwood floor – lasts for as long as it should. This type of flooring can last for well over 50 years because it does not damage easily if properly maintained and cared for. The best way to protect it is to have it covered with a sealant.
During its lifespan, you may also need to have it screened and recoated when it shows signs of wear and tear. The weight of heavy furniture can have a negative impact on a hardwood floor by causing indentations. Place commercial protector pads or felt pads under all furniture (even tables), to prevent the floor being damaged by indentations.
Wood floors should be cleaned every day. Use a soft broom to sweep off dust and dirt. Use a vacuum and a dry mop to reach concealed areas. The floors should also be waxed from time to time after they have been cleaned. These days, products for wood floor cleaning are specially formulated and available in liquid form. They contain anti-germicidal and disinfectant properties to keep the floors free of bacteria.
Avoid using oil-based soaps or any solution that contains ammonia. These can ruin the aesthetics of hardwood floors by dulling the shine. They may also destroy the flooring’s ability to be recoated. To stave off dust and shoe dirt, place rugs at all entrances to your home. If bad stains occur, contact a floor-cleaning expert.