Hardwood Floor Cleaning
Some people shy away from changing from carpet to hardwood floor because they believe hardwood floor cleaning is difficult. The truth is that cleaning hardwood is much easier than carpeting and other flooring types. When you keep the hardwood clean and maintained, it will look amazing but also provide you with years of enjoyment while handling everyday wear and tear.
The key to success when it comes to hardwood floor cleaning is purchasing quality wood from the start and then using a quality protective coat or finish. Unfortunately, flooring does become dirty and even stained. Depending on the type of stain and the depth of penetration into the wood, you would know the type of hardwood floor cleaning required. For instance, if the floor had a deep stain or scratch, it might be that the wood needs to be sanded and refinished. In fact, if the stain or scratch is exceptionally bad, the plank may need to be completely replaced.
However, for the sake of everyday hardwood floor cleaning, not much is required. To remove light dirt, pet hair, or dust, you would only need to use a soft-bristled broom. This way, you could remove the dirt while not scratching the floor. Typically, sweeping would be done on an as-needed basis. Then, you could use a soft duster to help buff the floor, improving, and/or enhancing the shine.
The main thing with hardwood floors is that you want to clean up moisture or liquid spills immediately. Again, if the floor has a good coat of protection, this should not be a problem but over time, finishes, seals, and waxes decrease in effectiveness. In this case, the moisture or liquid would seep into the wood, creating a real problem. For this reason, we cannot stress enough the importance of buying quality and using preventative measures of protection.
If the floor is sealed properly and you notice a spill, simply use a dry, clean cloth to clean up the mess. If the spill were sticky, you could use a damp, clean cloth but then make sure you also dry the floor right after. Keep in mind that while hardwood floor cleaning is virtually the same from one type of wood to another, there are slight differences. Therefore, when you purchase your floor, talk to the manufacturer to understand all aspects of hardwood floor cleaning specific to your choice.