Hardwood floor maintenance: what to avoid
The growing popularity of hardwood flooring has led to some mishaps when it comes to the cleaning and maintenance of these flooring surfaces.Because wood floors are now so very widespread, some homeowners are beginning to regard them as “regular” flooring, an attitude that leads them to assume that any cleaning method generally used on floors will be fine on a wood floor as well. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Steam cleaners have some strong advantages. In addition to cleaning a floor, they also sanitise, deodorise, and disinfect it as well. These advantages, however, do not mean that steam cleaners are ideal in every respect for maintaining wood flooring. In fact, using a steam cleaner too frequently can result in damage to the floor’s finish. It may peel away from the wood planks and become very unsightly; even if it continues to adhere well, it may become cloudy or whitish. Because of these problems, most hardwood floor manufacturers recommend against the use of steam cleaners.
Vinegar as a cleaning agent
As consumers become more conscious of ecological issues, many are turning to vinegar as a cleaning solution for everything from bathroom mirrors to flooring. In the early days of wood floors finished with urethane products, a mild solution of vinegar and water was even recommended as a cleaning agent. Now, however, people understand that even a very mild level of acid can, over time, damage a wood floor’s beautiful finish.
To properly maintain your wood floor, sweep it regularly and use cleaners specifically designed for floors with your finish. In addition, contract for floor sanding and polishing when the floor’s original finish becomes scratched and in need of repair.