4 Tips For Properly Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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There is no doubt that hardwood floors look beautiful and they are highly desired by both homeowners and apartment dwellers. However, they can be difficult to clean. You need to be careful when cleaning hardwood flooring because it can scratch or you can easily damage the wood by using the wrong type of cleaning agents. Here are four tips you can use to learn how to properly clean hardwood floors.

Tip #1 - Vacuum Frequently

Frequent vacuuming will help keep your hardwood floors looking their best at all times. While you don't have to do it on a daily basis, (who has the time for that!?) vacuum at least once a week to help keep the dust bunnies at bay. If you don't want to drag out the vacuum, at least use a dust mop or a microfiber pad to get rid of any dust, dirt or sand on your wood floors.

Tip #2 - Damp Mop Floors

If you need to mop your floors, you can use a damp mop to go over them. However, be careful to wring out your mop to get most of the water out of it. Your mop shouldn't leave water behind when using it on hardwood floors. Too much water can seep into the wood and cause dark water spots, which is not a good look.

Tip # 3 - Brew Some Tea

It may sound odd, but damp mopping your floor with tea will give it a beautiful shine. Just boil water and steep two teabags in the water for a few minutes. Pour the water into a bucket and dampen a soft cloth, like a cloth diaper, in the tea water. Wring it out almost dry and use it to clean your floors. The tannic acid contained in tea will help make your wood floors shine and look great.

Tip #4 - Use Soft Bristles

Whether you sweep your floors with a broom or use a vacuum on your hardwood floors, make sure you use soft bristles to keep from scratching the wood. Your vacuum should also be adjusted to the correct height for bare floors and it should have a soft brush attachment to vacuum hardwood floors. If you use a broom, buy one that has fine, soft bristles.

Properly cleaning your hardwood floors will not only keep them looking beautiful, but it can also help them last for many years in your home. (For additional questions about flooring, contact a company such as United Floors)

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