3 Key Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors — And How Often You Should

When you have real wood floors to take care of in your home, choosing a suitable wood floor cleaner can be a bit of a minefield.

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You want a product that is strong enough to remove bacteria and grime, but won’t damage the wooden floor by scratching it or creating scuff marks or wear away its natural finish.

Fortunately there are lots of eco-friendly wooden floor cleaners that are great for cleaning wooden floors, without damaging the natural product.

3 Key Tips for Cleaning Wood Floors:

Remove surface dust: You can do this by sweeping or vacuuming, but the best thing to use is a dry microfibre dust mop. Some vacuums can damage and scratch wooden floors with their wheels or attachments. However, you can also purchase vacuum cleaner attachments especially designed for using on hardwood floors — or your vacuum may have come with a suitable attachment. Be sure to remove dust from the gaps between the wood, particularly if there are large spaces between the planks.

Use a wood floor cleaner: There are lots of specialist wood floor cleaners you can buy. Alternatively a mixture of four cups of warm water and a few drops of washing up liquid brings up wooden floors a treat. Mop or scrub to clean floors in small sections at a time. Never use a very wet mop or cloth when cleaning wooden floors — water is not a friend of wood — so ring it out well before applying, or stick to the specialist products.

Dry the floors: This is particularly important if mopping or scrubbing your wooden floors with a water mixture. That’s why working in small sections is advised, as it means you can dry them with a clean cloth or dry mop afterwards.

Why are some products not safe for use on wooden floors?

Your hardwood floors are easily susceptible to dents, scratches, warping, peeling, stripping, and even water damage that many cleaning products can cause.

Harsh chemicals and even fragrances have the power to wear down the finish of your wood floor’s natural shine and value.

How often should you clean wood floors?

Wood floors that experience moderate traffic need to mopped at least once a week. However, if you want to obtain better results, if possible do it two to three times a week. The wood floors must be swept first to remove any surface dust.

You should also oil wooden flooring every two years — although you may want to do this sooner depending on how much your flooring is used. This also adds an additional layer of protection from daily foot traffic or day-to-day mishaps that may damage your floor.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.

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