Hardwood Floor Care 101 and 5 Things You Should Never Use – On the House

Hardwood Floor Care 101 and 5 Things You Should Never Use

By on October 22, 2014
hardwood floor care

To keep you floors looking great set up a regular cleaning routine:

Sweep up dirt daily, and wipe up spills immediately. Sweeping or dust mopping your floors regularly will keep dirt from building up and causing scratches. If you prefer to use a broom make sure it does not have hard bristles that will scratch the floor. If you vacuum, use a bare-floor attachment with a brush or felt-type head

Clean your floors weekly using a product approved by your hardwood floor manufacturer. Be sure to follow their care instructions.

Here are the absolute NO-NO’s when cleaning your hardwood floors:

  1. Never use a steam cleaner on hardwood; it can warp the floorboards.
  2. Water: Never clean your hardwood floors with water. Water and wood don’t mix, because moisture can damage wood over time.
  3. Silicone, ammonia or undiluted vinegar: These cleaners can damage the floor’s finish.
  4. Products that contain oil soaps, liquid or paste wax: These cleaners leave a residue on hardwood.
  5. Products that contain citrus, lemon or tung oil: These products can eat away at the floor’s finish

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