3 Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors With Ease

COIT is the industry leader in carpet cleaning and we have shared a wealth of information on how to clean and maintain the integrity of your home’s carpet. Our 60 years of service have also shown us how to clean hardwood floors, which is the alternative to carpets. Cleaning hardwood floors can be a challenge and the amount of stress we put our floors on a daily basis can cause them to lose their shine. It would be natural to have a cleaning routine for your hardwood floors just like you would on a carpeted floor.

We are going to talk about three ways to effectively clean your hardwood floors to make them shine again.

1. Simple Mop Technique

Let's keep things simple. You can clean your hardwood floors with 3 steps.

  1. Clear the floor
  2. Vacuum the floor
  3. Mop the floor

It is also important to understand what type of hardwood floors you own because polyurethane floors are capable of taking water, so mopping technique is appropriate. If your floors are lacquered or shellacked, don’t use water, water can stain the wood and cause buckling.

Step one: clear your hardwood floor of furniture. If you have much larger furniture then you may need to just need to stick to the ones that are easy to move. If you have family or friends that can help you with the process then a simple lift would suffice. Make it a group effort!  Once you have cleared the floor of all visible furniture, you can proceed to step two.

Step two: vacuum the floor to clean all the surface debris from your hardwood floors. This helps take away what is visible to the eye like dirt, lint, dust, and fallen scraps.

Step three: get a mop and a bucket of water mixed with some liquid dish soap. Before you start mopping, make sure you ring the mop thoroughly before you use it on the floor. Proceed to mop the floors clean until satisfied.

2. Dusting Mop Technique

Speed up the cleaning process by dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with a dusting agent (or use a microfiber dusting pad with fringe) to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair that might scratch the floor’s surface. For routine cleaning regiments (weekly or bi-weekly) use a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or opt for an electric broom. For immediate dusting, use disposable electrostatic cloths, these can be found in local grocery stores or hardware stores. Make use of both sides of the electrostatic cloth when used for dusting.

3. Swiffer and Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Do a full sweep with a Swiffer, start at one corner of the room and move your way down, and side to side. Clearing the room of all visible dirt and debris. Next take out some commercial wood floor cleaning sprays. These can be found at your local grocery store or hardware store also. Spray down the floor with the cleaner and use a flat mop to mop as you spray.

It is important to note that if you are used to using your own formula, be aware that vinegar and hardwood floors do not mix well. 

COIT offers an extensive and thorough deep clean for residential hardwood floors. If you want your hardwood floors cleaned correctly, then trust COIT. COIT provides the best cleaning service for an amazing value. Your hardwood floors will shine brighter like never before.  

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