Your hardwood floors were filled with lustrous beauty on the day you first had them installed. The sunlight bounced off their gleaming surfaces, making your entire home feel warm and put-together. Hardwood floors an elegant way to upgrade a home and make it feel far more timeless but taking care of them can be an entirely different story.
Most homeowners aren’t prepared for the routine care and maintenance that their hardwood floors will require. Mopping them with soap and water isn’t going to be the best option for their longevity, so what should you do? If you want to keep your hardwoods in great shape for years to come, you’ll want to follow these maintenance steps.
Sweep them with a soft-bristled broom
Gather up all of the crumbs, rocks, and pet hair from your floor using a soft-bristled broom. This is essential to remove all of the elements that could cause unnecessary wear and tear on your floor over time. Abrasive items such as sand and dirt can actually wear down your finish if they are left on the floor for too long. A soft broom is the best option to round up all of these unwanted guests.
Don’t use a vacuum
Unless you have a vacuum that is specifically designed for hardwood floors, you will want to stick with the broom. Never use a vacuum with a beater bar or one with wheels that are damaged. They can cause repetitive and unsightly blemishes to your floor with the repeated movement necessary to vacuum up all of the debris that accumulates on your floor each week.
Dust the floor once per week
You can purchase a mop with a microfiber pad and a duster pad to sweep up the remaining elements on your floor. The duster mops are excellent for attracting any pet hair and dust that the broom didn’t catch. You can do this as often as you like but once a week tends to be sufficient for dusting.
Spray and mop the floor lightly with a recommended cleaner
You can consult the manufacturer or installer of your hardwood floor for a product that is recommended for use on your floor. Once every two weeks, you should spray the cleaner lightly onto the hardwood floor and wipe it up with a microfiber pad or mop. Do not use water on the floor, particularly when it comes to mopping it with a mild detergent. Wood is hygroscopic and can swell up with exposure to too much moisture. Similarly, you should avoid using steamer vacuums to clean hardwood floors.
Taking care of your hardwoods is important to protect your initial investment and keep your home beautiful for years to come. You can follow these maintenance tips to take care of them on your own or allow the bonded housekeeping service at MintyMaids to help. We can keep your hardwood floors gleaming for years to come with our proven process for cleaning your home top to bottom!