In our home we have hardwood floors, which is new for me. The home I grew up in did not have hardwood flooring so learning how to care for them was something I needed to learn how to do. You might think… really Amy? Do you needed to learn how to take care of a floor… uh ya… You want you floors to last? Cause little damage to them? Increase the value of your home? Well, you have to take care of your floors.
Methods for Cleaning
- Soft Bristled Broom
- Damp Mop or Microfiber Pad
- Remove Sticky Debris ASAP
- Vacuum with Soft Nozzle
When it comes to cleaning your hardwood floor always take into account the type of product you are using. You want to avoid using items that might scratch or nick the flooring. Think of products that are soft and will cause the least amount of damage to the floor. Care for spills or sticky debris immediately rather than letting them sit. For my floor I regularly vacuum as well as use a microfiber pad cloth to pick up any additional dust. We have *3* dogs, so vacuuming is a every other day thing for me. I usually do a deep clean one time a week where I pull out every things, get in all the corners, but every other day its just a quick sweep of the house.
How to Avoid Damage
- Don’t Ignore Wet Spots or Stains
- No Need for Heavy Equipment
- Avoid Harmful Cleaning Products
- Do Not Steam Clean
As mentioned about its important to not use any products that would cause harm. This includes old fashioned remedies that use baking soda, vinegar and dish soap to clean floors. Those items are a no-go these days. Same with steam cleaning, save that for your tile floors!
Address any wet spots immediately, over time those wet spot can cause unseen damage under your floors. Observe in your kitchen where you are more likely to have water on the floor. Is it in front of your sink? Get a mat! For us, its where the dogs water bowl is… they can make quite a mess. We have a mat rubber mat to collect the water as well as towel to collect and wipe up sloppy dog drinking water!
Safe Cleaning Products
Where going to need some dive deep into our brain back to high school Chemistry to unlock our knowledge of a neutral pH… anyone remember – its 7! Keep this in mind when looking for products. Anything with a pH 7 and lower is fine… anything higher will have too much alkaline.
Replacing Hardwood Floors
Could your home use an update? Do you have hardwood floors in your home that have been neglected for years? If you are on the search for high quality, hardwood flooring in Atlanta consider TriArt Hardwood Floors. TriArt Hardwoods Floors – Atlanta is a hardwood flooring company that has built its reputation on our commitment to quality craftsmanship and excellent customer experience. This was the goal Hugo Simoes set for the company when he started the business.