Hardwood floors have a natural beauty that's hard to beat. In order to retain that beauty, hardwood must be protected from water and maintained properly. Let's take a look at some tips to keep your hardwood floors looking like new.
When it comes to mopping, never mop hardwoods with water or use cleaners that contain detergents, oils, ammonia, or polishes and waxes. Vacuuming for general cleaning is fine, but be sure to use your hard surface setting on your vacuum. Make sure your vacuum has either a felt pad on the bottom or a brush, and be careful when pulling your vacuum so the wheels don’t scratch the wood.
Hardwood isn’t waterproof and is susceptible to swelling, so be sure to clean up wet spills as quickly as possible. Use a clean, soft cloth; if needed, the cloth can be slightly damp but be sure to wipe dry immediately. When more than just sweeping is needed, the best products to use are those made for your flooring. One product that is safe and effective is Bona’s hardwood cleaner. Bona’s hardwood cleaner can be bought in single bottles or in a kit that contains a “Swiffer” style mop.
This kind of mop is ideal for hardwood floors because it’s a very dry mop, and the cleaner dries in only a few minutes. Bona’s hardwood cleaner won’t leave a residue or film like some cleaners. Bona is an environmentally responsible product with an effective, yet non-toxic formulation, guaranteeing its safety to use around the home.
All hardwood, especially the exotic ones, will darken over time with exposure to sunlight. This is a natural occurrence in wood. It’s recommended that you occasionally rearranged the furniture in your living space so your hardwood floors can darken evenly. Don't forget to rearrange your rugs and floor mats as well. If you live in an area with high humidity, you may want to use a dehumidifier to reduce swelling in your hardwood floors.
Other useful tips:
* Don't wear shoes, such as stiletto heels, that can scratch your hardwood floors.
* Use protective pads under tables and chairs.
* Use mats at any entrance doors.
* If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails and claws trimmed.