Care and Maintenance on hardwood floors contribute greatly to the aesthetic and the value of your home, and routine cleaning protects your investment by removing dust and dirt before it scratches and dulls the finish. The right care can mean beautiful hardwood floors that last a lifetime.
WHAT TO DO.
First, use the proper tools – a mop for cleaning, with a machine washable microfiber pad for dusting. For cleaning, use a fine spray mist of a product made specifically for hardwood floors. This will protect your floor’s finish – and again, the finish is really what you’re cleaning, not the wood itself.
Clean as often as possible – really, as often as you can stand to. Naturally there’s a limit to how often any of us wants to mop the floor, but keeping your floor free of dirt and dust goes a long way to prevent scuffs and scratches, and a clean floor will definitely be a longer-lasting floor.
WHAT NOT TO DO.
Water and vinegar is a popular and economical cleaner and quite effective for many surfaces in your home – but emphatically not for your hardwood floors. Because vinegar is an acid, it will actually break down the finish on the surface of your floor (remember that you’re not actually cleaning the wood, but the finish on top of the wood), and over time will reduce the shine and leave a dull appearance.
Also, when this homespun cleaning formula is in use, a mop and bucket are likely not far away. This almost always means an excessive amount of water on the floor, which leads to long-term damage.
Contact Simmons Floors today to ask our specialist about our wood flooring
Simmons Floor Covering
400 N. Loop 288 Suite 104 Denton, TX 76209