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Hardwood Floor Cleaning and restoring

Hardwood floors are durable and add to the beauty and value of a home or business. Shiny hardwood floors become dull and stained without proper care. Regular and proper cleaning of new hardwood floors can benefit to maintain their appearance and shine for a long time. Cleaning and maintenance of hardwood floors are simple and you will not need any professional service for keeping your floors looking beautiful and enjoy the benefits.

Here are a few ways of hardwood floor cleaning that help keep them clean and stain free, maintain their shine and revive the lost shine.

Determine The Type of Finish:

It is necessary to know the type of finish of your hardwood flooring to use the right cleaning methods. Old floors usually have a shellac, varnish or wax surface finish. The new modern hardwood floors are mostly coated and sealed with polyurethane, urethane or polyacrylic and are resistant to water and stains. These can be cleaned easily.
Sweeping and Vacuum Cleaning:

The regular cleaning of wood floors should be done by sweeping and vacuuming to remove the dust, dirt and fibers. It is to be followed by mopping to make the floor of your home or showroom shine. Do not use a broom to sweep. Always use a dust mop that will avoid scratching of floor. Dust and dirt can mix around with a wet mop and leave scratches, streaks and residue on the hardwood floor.

Deep Cleaning:

Besides regular cleaning, the floor should be cleaned with a cleaner at least twice a week. It can remove, dirt, oil, grime, stains and footmarks making the floor to shine. Use a microfiber pad dampened with water and cleaner. The floor should be dried immediately after wet cleaning. It should not leave behind any streaks or residue. Water should not pool up or stay on the floor.

There are several hardwood floor cleaning products in the market. You should use a cleaning product that is suitable for your floor. To start with, it is better to use the cleaner recommended by the hardwood floor manufacturer and subsequently select an alternative cleaner based on that, if required. Always use deep cleaners from renowned manufacturers. It will save the floor finish from any damage. It is advisable to use a nontoxic and non flammable cleaner which does not leave a residue behind. You should know how to use the cleaner and its right quantity. The cleaner should be used sparingly.

Treating the Spills and Stains:

If there is a major spill, first absorb the moisture with a soft cotton mop or towel thoroughly. After mopping, wipe the surface with a soft cotton towel and circulate air to dry it. Always wipe off the spills right away to maintain the shine of hardwood floors. Use the map in the direction of the grains to clean. To remove small or localized stains, dab the spots with a soft cotton cloth dipped in mild dish soap solution in water and immediately dry it. It will avoid formation of permanent stains.

Buffing the Floors:

Buffing helps restore the shine of the hardwood floors after they have been mopped. You must use flat mop heads or microfiber cloths for buffing. The buffing removes all streaks that may show up after mopping.

Stay Away From:

You should avoid the use of any all-purpose cleansers containing chlorine, ammonia or heavy oil. These cleaners leave a residue on the floor. Rotating vacuum brushes should not be used, as they can scratch wood surfaces. Also, avoid the use of a wax, polish or an oil based product, scouring powder, abrasive or fiber pads and steel wool. These cleaning products can damage your hardwood floor.

Preventive Maintenance:
Proper care and cleaning will maintain the finish and gloss of your hardwood floors and extend their life. In addition to regular cleaning, you can avoid using shoes on the floors wherever possible. Provide foot mats outside as well as inside the exterior doors to avoid dust. Clip nails of pets, provide felt pads under chairs and furniture and avoid dragging it on the floor. Avoid wetting of the floors with shoes in a rainy or snowy weather. Also save your hardwood flooring from exposure to ultraviolet light as it can cause discoloration.

All these steps for cleaning and preventive care will keep your hardwood floor shining and free from scratches and stains.

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