3 Easy Ways to Clean Your Hardwood Floors

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Are you wondering how to clean hardwood floors effectively? Look no further—COIT is here to guide you through the process. 

With our extensive experience in carpet cleaning, we've also mastered the art of maintaining hardwood floors. Over our 60 years in the cleaning industry, we've gathered expert knowledge on how to keep hardwood floors looking their best

Unlike carpet, hardwood floors require specific care to maintain their natural beauty and luster. Daily wear and tear can dull their shine, but with the right cleaning routine, your hardwood floors can continue to add warmth and elegance to your home.

How To Clean Hardwood Flooring

We’re going to walk you through three ways to easily and effectively clean your hardwood floors to make them shine again:

1. Simple Mop Technique

For an uncomplicated approach to cleaning your hardwood floors, follow these three steps. But first, it's crucial to identify the finish of your hardwood floors. 

If they are sealed with polyurethane, they can handle being cleaned with water. However, if your floors have a lacquer or shellac finish, avoid using water as it can stain the wood and lead to buckling.

This distinction is key to ensuring that your cleaning method aligns with the needs of your specific type of hardwood flooring.

1. Clear the floor

The first step is to clear your hardwood floor of furniture. Focus on moving the smaller, easily movable pieces. 

For larger furniture, if it's too cumbersome to move, you can clean around it. However, if you have assistance from family or friends, you can work together to safely move heavier items. This group effort ensures that you have clear access to the entire floor surface, setting the stage for effective cleaning. 

Once the floor is free of obstacles, you're ready to move on to the next step.

2. Vacuum the floor

Once your hardwood floor is clear of furniture, the next step is to vacuum the floor thoroughly. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to gently remove dirt, dust, lint, and any small particles that have accumulated. 

3. Mop the floor

For the final step, fill a bucket with water and add a small amount of liquid dish soap to create a gentle cleaning solution.

Before you start mopping, it's important to wring out the mop thoroughly to ensure it's damp but not overly wet, as excessive water can damage hardwood floors. Gently mop the floor, moving systematically across the room to ensure every area is covered. 

Continue this process, rinsing and wringing the mop as needed, until you're satisfied with the cleanliness of your floors. This method not only removes any remaining dirt and grime but also helps to restore the natural shine of your hardwood floors.

2. Dusting Mop Technique

For a quick and efficient cleaning method, try the dusting mop technique. 

This involves using a mop equipped with a dusting agent or a microfiber dusting pad with fringe. These tools are excellent for capturing dust, dirt, and pet hair, which are common culprits for scratching the surface of hardwood floors. 

For your regular cleaning routine, whether it's weekly or bi-weekly, consider using a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or an electric broom for effective dust removal. 

For spot dusting or quick clean-ups, disposable electrostatic cloths are very handy. These are readily available at most local grocery or hardware stores. Remember to utilize both sides of the electrostatic cloth to maximize its dusting efficiency.

3. Swiffer and Hardwood Floor Cleaner

For a straightforward cleaning method, you can use a Swiffer to sweep your hardwood floors. 

Begin at one corner of the room and methodically work your way across, moving side to side, to ensure you cover the entire area. This technique is excellent for removing all visible dirt and debris

After sweeping, use a commercial wood floor cleaning spray, which you can easily find at your local grocery or hardware store. Spray the cleaner directly onto the floor and then use a flat mop to clean the surface as you go. 

This method not only cleans but also helps to maintain the natural beauty of your hardwood floors. But remember—if you're considering a homemade cleaning solution, avoid using vinegar on hardwood floors, as it can damage the finish over time.

People Asked, Professionals Answer

What is the Best Cleaning Solution for Hardwood Floors?

The best cleaning solution for hardwood floors is a pH-neutral, water-based cleaner specifically designed for hardwood. 

These cleaners are gentle enough to not damage the wood but effective in removing dirt and grime. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can strip the finish off your hardwood floors and cause damage over time. 

A simple mixture of mild liquid dish soap and water can also be effective for general cleaning, provided the mop is well-wrung to avoid excessive moisture.

Is Vinegar OK for Hardwood Floors?

While vinegar is a popular natural cleaning solution, it's not the best choice for hardwood floors. Vinegar's acidic nature can gradually dull the finish of hardwood over time, potentially damaging its protective surface. 

For maintaining the longevity and appearance of your hardwood floors, you should always use cleaning products specifically formulated for hardwood, or a mild dish soap and water solution, as mentioned earlier.

Read more expert tips on how to best protect your wood floors. 

How Do I Keep My Hardwood Floors Clean and Shiny?

To keep your hardwood floors clean and shiny, regular maintenance is key

Start by sweeping or vacuuming regularly to remove surface dirt and dust. For deeper cleaning, use a suitable hardwood floor cleaner with a damp mop, ensuring the mop is not overly wet. To maintain the shine, consider using a hardwood floor polish or wax designed for your specific type of flooring. 

Additionally, placing rugs in high-traffic areas can help reduce wear and tear. Avoid walking on hardwood floors with high heels or heavy boots, and promptly clean up any spills to prevent water damage.

Professional Hardwood Floor Cleaning Services by COIT

For a deep and thorough cleaning of your residential or commercial hardwood floors, consider the professional services of COIT. 

We specialize in bringing out the best in your hardwood floors, ensuring they’re cleaned correctly and meticulously, and we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch cleaning services at great value. 

Trust us to make your hardwood floors gleam with a brilliance like never before. Contact COIT today

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