Easy Maintenance Tips For Hard Wood Flooring

Hard wood floors are perhaps the best thing to happen to any home or office. They can transform the looks entirely and bring a fresh appearance to the area. However, experts say that they can continue doing so, if users don’t skimp upon the maintenance. As far as maintenance is concerned, there are several very basic steps to take to make sure that the installation continues to look like new for a long time. In this post, we take a look at some basic care tips and then deep cleaning tips followed by methods to remove marks.

Basic care related tips for hard wood flooring
· You can speed up the process really well by dusting the entire area with a mop.
· You can use the mop that has been treated with a dusting agent to attract and hold the dust.
· In a week or twice or even thrice in a week, you can vacuum and the frequency can be determined by the foot traffic that your area faces every day.
· You should use floor-brush attachment in the vacuum cleaner or alternatively, use an electric broom.
· You should avoid using vacuum with the breather bar attachment as it can scratch the area.
· For quick dusting, you can use disposable electrostatic cloths and save money by using both sides.

Some tips for deeper cleaning of hard wood floors
· You’ll notice that some things like dirt, dust, oil stains, grimes, etc. are impossible to clean through weekly dusting/mopping.
· Therefore, occasional deeper cleaning is required and for this, you can use wood cleaning compositions that are diluted according to the instruction manual coming with them.
· You can saturate a sponge or a rag mop in the water and damp it to almost dry and wipe the mop.
· While mopping, make sure that there is no standing water left on the hard wood flooring, post-mopping.
· You should also wipe the excess liquid as this water can damage the wood surface.
· Moreover, if the weather is too humid, you should abstain from wet mopping as the water will take longer time to dry, thereby damaging the surface.
· Even if you are willing to dry mop, you should operate a ceiling fan or the air-conditioner to speed up drying.

For removing marks from hard wood floors
· Before trying any solution to remove stubborn marks, you should consider your floor’s finish.
· If the stain is just on the surface, it is definitely having hard finishes like urethane.
· However, if the stain has somehow managed to penetrate into the wood, the wood you are using is having soft-oiled finish.
· The latter one is more commonly seen in older homes that had no refinishing and resealing, as modern-day homes come with the former finish.
· Surface stains can be easily removed simply by wiping using a soft, clean cloth.
· Experts engaged in services like recycling flooring strictly recommend avoiding using things like sandpaper, steel wool, or harsh chemicals on such a surface because they can permanently damage the finish.

The following remedies are for wood with soft oiled finishes
· For dark spots and pet stains, simply rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and wax.
· For heel marks, you should use fine steel wool to rub the wax.
· For oil-base stains, you can rub the area with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent.