hardwood floorsHardwood floors are a stunning flooring option that give your home a warm, inviting feeling. In addition to the beauty they offer, hardwood floors can also boost the value of your home, lessen the amount of dust and pollen that gets trapped in other flooring options like carpet, and fit into any interior design style your home might feature. As if that weren’t enough, hardwood floors are one of the easiest flooring options to clean and maintain.

Keep your hardwood floors looking their best with these cleaning tips and tricks.

  1. Remove dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris that can scratch the floor. Use a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or a microfiber cloth to complete this step. Vacuums with beater bars can scratch or damage the surface of your hardwood.
  2. Use a liquid cleaner to remove the dirt and debris that has built up over time on your hardwood surfaces. Clean your hardwood floor occasionally using a mop with a microfiber or terry cloth cover and Armstrong Flooring Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. Never mop with water. Using a microfiber cloth or mop head that has been wetted with the cleaning solution, gently mop the floor to remove dirt and debris. Be sure to wring out any excess cleaning solution before you wipe the surface. Remove any excess with a damp or dry cloth – this is an important step, as standing liquid can cause your hardwood to bubble or buckle.
  3. DON’T use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, solvent-based polishes, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic substances such as vinegar. Only use a designated hardwood floor cleaner.

Help keep your hardwood floors cleaner for longer by placing mats at all your home’s entryways. This can drastically cut down on the amount of debris and moisture brought into your home and left on your hardwood surfaces. Knowing how to properly clean your hardwood floors will keep them beautiful for many years to come! Stay tuned to Floor Coverings International for the best in floor care.