Your floor, especially hardwood, is a major investment for any home owner, and as such it demands special care and treatment. There is certainly no shortage of advice on how to clean your floor, though some people only want you to purchase their expensive cleaning products.
Vacuuming is usually the most common way for cleaning hardwood floors, but did you know that it’s actually not that sufficient? A hardwood floor demands much more that a ritualistic movement of your vacuum from one corner to another.
So, what more can you do to keep your hardwood floor elegant and alluring?
Use the Right Cleaning Products
A hardwood floor demands a lot of responsibility to keep it clean. If you give it adequate care, then its beauty will last for many years. Vacuuming the dirt and dust alone is not enough; you have to use various cleaning products that your flooring retailer has recommended. Each flooring manufacturer has specific products and specific instructions, and it’s best to follow them so as not to void your warranty.
Some Vacuums Can Actually Damage Your Floor
Most vacuum cleaners are not strong enough to remove all the dirt on your floor, and you might be inclined to apply more pressure to it. This extra pressure can cause damage, requiring you to dip into your pockets to restore your floor.
You should get a vacuum cleaner that has either a brush or a felt head. A vacuum with a beater bar will only scar your hardwood floor with unsightly marks. Always do your research and read reviews from trusted sites on how to pick out the best vacuum cleaner for your floor type; this practice will save you a lot of time and money down the road. It is also a good idea to take time to train the maid/housekeeper on how to properly use a vacuum if you are not always around (assuming you have a maid).
After some time, your hardwood floor may lose its shine and become a bit dull. It is a good idea to wax and buff the floor periodically with the help of a special buffer machine. In case you want a little help or guidance, ask your flooring retailer on the best waxing agents and methods. Personally I never try new try any new products or techniques without asking first, and this has saved me a lot of trouble.
Cleaning On All Fours
This might seem a bit antique but getting on your knees and using your hands is the best way to give your hardwood floor that extra attention. This is especially true if there are a few obstacles that might limit the effectiveness of your vacuum. Investing in a dust mop is a good idea to clean around the chair-legs and other round edges which a vacuum may not adequately reach. I regularly use an electrostatic cloth to clean my floor and it works wonders.
Spills and Stains
When it comes to spills and stains, a vacuum cleaner will simply not help you. If spills are not wiped up quickly enough, you may end up spending more time and money trying to remove the resultant stains. Use a kitchen towel or a damp cloth to soak up the spill then spray the spot with a cleaner and leave it to dry. In case stains have formed, then patiently work at in from the outside in without scrubbing or using too much force.
Extra Tips to Keep Your Hardwood Floor Looking New
- Cover your furniture legs with flannel protectors to protect your floor from scratches. Don’t drag furniture across the floor.
- Water is a hardwood floor’s biggest enemy so don’t allow it to stand for long.
- Stilettos and sharp-heeled shoes will only damage your floor. I always say love your floor, love your back!
- Place runners and rugs where people usually pass often
- Your pets can scratch the floor, so keep their nails short.
Now you know why it’s not a good idea to only vacuum your hardwood floor. Hardwood floors reflect back the love and the care that we give to them. Regularly vacuuming is important, but we need to do more to keep them shining and glorious for generations to come.