How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors
by Jeff Hosking – Hosking Hardwood Flooring Inc.
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Protect your new or old hardwood flooring
Today's pre-finished floors are very durable in terms of wear and tear and they can last for 60 to 100 years but the biggest threat to hardwood flooring is dirt and grit that gets ground into the surface of the finish, causing ugly scratches and a worn finish. If the floor is left unattended dirt will become embedded into the worn unprotected surface of the wood causing ugly dark areas within the floor. On average, homeowners sand and refinish their wood floors every 15 to 25 years to make them look brand new again. To make the finish look and last the longest it is recommended to vacuum or sweep up dirt and grit off the hardwood floor weekly using the recommended cleaner and a soft bristle brush attachment to prevent scratching the wood flooring. Using the wrong cleaner can damage the finish and cause premature fading it can also void any manufacturers finish warranty.
Prevention is key when it comes to safeguarding your new hardwood floors. Use good bristle doormats at all entrances to trap small stones and dirt before it has a chance to reach hardwood. If you have pets especially big dogs that run in the home make sure nails are trimmed and accidents are cleaned up immediately. To prevent furniture legs from scratching the floors use protective felt chair glides
we offer them is several colors and sizes. Using these furniture glides will make sliding heavy furniture around safer. Furniture manufacturers usually only provide cheap undersized casters on their furniture which can cause damage to your hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring manufacturers do not
warranty their flooring against indentations in the surface of the wood flooring caused by anything being rolled or dragged over the surface. We would suggest replacing any hard plastic casters with wider rubber casters that will not indent or mar the woods surface. Spiked/Stiletto heeled shoes can also indent the surface of the wood.
Water and/or Vinegar, Furniture Polish, Wax-Based products, Detergents, Bleach, Polishes, Oil Soaps, Abrasive products or Acidic materials to clean hardwood flooring. Water can seep into the seams of the wood causing delamination of the finish, cupping of the edges of the boards and discoloration of the wood itself. Spills should be wiped up right away. Because steam cleaning can damage your hardwood flooring
most all manufacturers do not recommend steam cleaning your wood flooring.
At Hosking Hardwood Flooring, we have all the manufacturers recommended cleaners and mop kits available to make the maintenance chore of cleaning your flooring easy. There are specially designed mops, which you can find here
, which feature reusable terry cloth covers.
These are perfect for picking up dust around corners of your room and won't harm you new hardwood floors.
You also need to make sure that any spills are cleaned up immediately. Liquid spills left standing on hardwood flooring can seep down through the seams of the boards which could cause the edges of the wood flooring to cup and/or buckle.
When your new hardwood floor is in need of a more thorough cleaning, make sure to use a hardwood flooring cleaner
. Apply the cleaner directly to the floor and then use a terry cloth mop to clean the surface.
Because hardwood flooring is a natural product, it's inevitable that your floor will pick up some signs of use and wear over the years, especially in higher traffic areas. If your hardwood floor needs to be "refreshed," Bona Kemi (a leading supplier of hardwood/laminate floor cleaners) makes a Hardwood Floor Refresher
, which will restore the gloss level on your floor.
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING ORANGE GLO PRODUCTS ON ANY HARDWOOD FLOORING.
We've had many homeowners come to us with with problems when they have used Orange Glo on their wood floors --- the product apparently leaves a sticky and dull film, which attracts dust & dirt and can damage the finish on hardwood flooring.
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By: gladys hartt
April 9, 2014
how to remove scratches
By: J. Gordon
January 4, 2014
Very good information that covers various products and appreciate suggesting those that are environmentally friendly.
August 22, 2013
Thank you for the great information.
By: Joan Aliment
August 2, 2013
great article! now please help! i used Orange Glo...how do i remove it? Any suggestions? Thank you!