The good news is that you’ve had hardwood floors installed! Maybe you opted for hand scraped wood flooring to give your home a warm and rustic feel, or perhaps you decided upon a smooth and sleek finish. Now the bad news…how are you supposed to clean it? Since hardwood flooring has exploded in popularity, a lot of people have offered a lot of opinions about cleaning, and not all of them are correct. We’ll go over a few do’s and don’t’s when it comes to achieving the best look for your flooring.
- You know the commercials showing the amazing cleaning power of steam cleaners? Well, you might want to hold off on using that on the hardwood. There have been numerous accounts of peeling finishes, cloudy stains, and parts where the finish has been whitened. Unless the manufacturer of the steam cleaner specifically gives the go-ahead, it’s best to hold off.
- Back in the old days, it was thought that a mixture of vinegar and water was the ideal hardwood cleaning solution. Now, the majority of manufacturers recommend solutions specifically designed for wood floor finishes. Also, since vinegar is acidic, there’s a chance it can damage the finish. If you’re going to use vinegar anyway, make sure to use plain vinegar and not to use apple cider vinegar, which can leave a sticky residue.
- Vacuuming is a great way to keep hardwood floors looking good. When dirt, dust, and other gunk are left on the floor and walked on, they act as an abrasive. The only caveat is, don’t use a vacuum that has a beater bar, since it can do damage to the finish.