How to Keep Hardwood Flooring Clean
Gleaming hardwood floors can make a room, and amazingly, they are also fuss-free, holding up to household traffic while still being easy to clean. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no maintenance needed whatsoever; as time goes on, the material will start to show its age if it’s not properly cared for.
1. Start by sweeping your hardwood floors.
The best way to keep your floors clean is by sweeping frequently. Regular brooms tend to move dust and small dirt particles around, so use a microfiber mop for a more effective sweep. Wood floors should get a once-over with a dust mop every day or every other day.
2. Use the right vacuum for wood floors.
Vacuuming regularly—about once a week—will pick up dirt and debris that could cause scratches and get particles in hard-to-sweep spots, such as corners. When vacuuming, always use a soft-bristled attachment. Attachments with beater bars can lead to damage, and watch to make sure the wheels of the vacuum don’t cause scratches.
3. Use a hardwood floor cleaner when mopping.
Sweeping and mopping hardwood floors is a no-brainer, but don’t make the common mistake of using whatever floor cleaner you have on hand, which could have chemicals that damage wood. Instead, use a product that’s specially formulated for the surface with a damp—but not soaking—mop. Wipe up any excess water quickly with a clean, dry towel. Floors should be mopped once a week.
4. Prevent dings and scratches with floor pads.
Keep felt pads under furniture legs and be sure to lift furniture off the floor when moving it instead of scuffing it across the floor. Also remove shoes (especially high heels!) at the door and keep pets’ nails trimmed. Placing a doormat by each entrance can help keep debris from getting inside the house.
5. Respond quickly to spills.
Soak up spills as soon as they happen to avoid the liquid sitting on and potentially damaging the floors. Follow up by applying a hardwood cleaner with a soft cloth.