Wooden floor cleaning tips
It’s no secret that wooden floors can be an asset to any home, adding value as well as being a stylish, long lasting alternative to carpets. However, once you’ve gone to the effort of hiring the machinery, clearing the room, sanding the floors, and finishing the surface with some kind of varnish or stain, you want to ensure that your floors stay in tip top condition to avoid having to re-sand or re-finish them any time soon. As such proper cleaning is essential to maintain the look you’ve put such care and attention into achieving.
On a day to day level keeping a wood floor clean is much the same as you would do in any other room in your home. Keeping dust and dirt to a minimum using a broom, or a soft brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner will prolong the lifespan of your wood as it would a carpet. Mopping will also help, but this is only advisable if the flooring has been sealed, normally with resin. If it hasn’t this can cause more problems than it solves, with water collecting underneath the boards, and is certainly a job worth considering undertaking, especially as it is relatively inexpensive, and easy to do. Ask a professional if you need further instructions.
Specialist cleaning products
Of course common sense solutions, such as wiping up stains and marks as soon as they occur will also help to maintain your floor. However, if you really want to keep your floor looking like it’s just been put down, then you will need to invest in some specific cleaning products designed to maximise the potential of the surface. What cleaner you use is very much dependent on what type of finish you have employed on the wood, but it is certainly worth seeking professional guidance before purchasing anything. If in doubt, a PH neutral water based cleaner is often the best solution, with specialist companies offering a variety of different available cleaning products, at very reasonable prices.
Regardless of the type of finish, or product used, there are certain practices which will make the process much easier. The first such technique is simple, but incredibly important: take off your shoes. Most footwear will leave marks and stains on the floor during cleaning, undoing all your hard work. A water-based cleaner is best diluted in a bucket of water and applied to a mop which should be carefully wrung out to ensure there is not a large quantity of excess water. Aside from those you can mop the floor as normal, and wait for it to dry, and see how your floor shines as though it were brand new.