Hardwood Floor Care

Caring for you hardwood floors

When cleaning your hardwood floors there are many things to take into consideration, including the kind of finish you have (soft or hard) and what kind of mess or stain you’re trying to remove or whether you’re just doing general maintenance.
The main steps include:

Basic: Generally, when cleaning your hardwood flooring you’ll usually want to start by dusting the floor with your standard dust mop. This will remove the dirt and other objects from the floor before getting into the deeper cleaning that should be done at least once a month or every mother to keep them looking their best.

Deep cleaning: Includes using cleaners and finishes that will give that new look and extra shine to your floor. Always follow the directions of the particular cleaner you use and never let too much liquid or water remain on the floor for extended periods unless the cleaner calls for that kind of action.

When you get a bad stain, or mark up the floor by scratching or getting black marks from certain shoes or boots, etc., always make sure you know what type of finish you have on the floor. If it’s on tops of the floor and hasn’t sunk into the wood, you can usually just wipe it up with soapy water, being sure to wring the sponge or washcloth out to the almost dry point, then cleaning the marks until gone. 

If the stain happens to go into the wood, you probably have a soft finish on the floor or perhaps it’s a little order and the finish has worn off. You can still clean things kinds of stains by using the following technique found in better homes and Gardens: 

For hardwood floors with soft oiled finishes. If needed, end each treatment by staining the wood, then waxing and buffing the spot to match the rest of the floor.

*Dark spots and pet stains: Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the area is still dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. Rinse with a damp cloth..

*Water marks or white stains: Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the floor and clean with fine steel wool and odorless mineral spirits.

*Heel marks: Use fine steel wool to rub in floor wax

*Oil-base stains: Rub the area with a soft cloth and dish-washing detergent to break down the grease. Rinse with clear water. If one or more applications don't work, repeat the procedure. Keep children and pets out of the room until you're done. Let the spot dry, then smooth the raised grain with fine sandpaper.

Hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to any home so long as they are maintained and cleaned regularly. Caring for your hardwood floor is not very hard so long as you take precautions (take shoes off, don’t use abrasive objects on the floor, etc.), usually dust-mopping, and using the proper cleaners for your type of floor will keep them looking new and maintain that shine for years to come.