The best thing about hardwood flooring is that you will never know everything about them. You may consider yourself to be an expert, but there will always be something about these rustic and warm floors that will surprise you. If you have timber flooring in your home, you are among the lucky few who can cherish the winters as pleasingly as the summer months. But that amazing surface needs some care and cleaning from time to time. You certainly want to see it age with you, gracefully and pleasantly.
So what can you do to keep your hardwood floor clean and protected for long?
1. Sweep and Vacuum
This must be done once a week. It will help get rid of all the accumulated dirt, which could otherwise cause scratches and work away the sheen faster.
2. Wipe away all the Spills
Use a damp cloth to instantly wipe away any spills. Don't leave any spills on the floor because they can ruin the finish or even enter the wood and cause swelling or warping.
3. Periodic Cleaning
Dusting, vacuuming and wiping spills is easier. But your hardwood floor needs cleaning and finishing from time to time. Refinishing is something best left to the experts, but you can clean the timber floor yourself. But the choice of the cleaning product will depend on the type of finish the hardwood has.
There are 3 commonly found wood flooring finishes, and it is most likely that your floor has one of these. Use the following tips to take care of them:
Surface Finishes – A generic hardwood floor cleaner is a smart choice. But avoid anything that has petroleum or wax in it. Other options include choosing manufacturer recommended cleaning products or getting the help of the floor installer.
Acrylic-based Finish – A urethane-based acrylic finish can be cleaned with a generic hardwood floor cleaner. But a nonurethane finish requires a manufacturer recommended spray and buff cleaning system.
Wax Finish – There are some cleaning products which are especially made for cleaning wax finished timber floors. You will have to reapply the wax finish after the cleaning.
Use these 3 cleaning methods to ensure that your expensive floor always looks and feels great.