How to clean wood floors in the right way
Do you have a wonderful floor at home and you don't know how to clean and protect it? Are you afraid of damaging it with inappropriate products or techniques? Today, we’ll tell you how to clean wooden floors for it to be always shiny and always beautiful.
Wood is one of the noblest and most beautiful materials, but also one of the most delicate. If you have a wooden floor at home, you will have to take care of it and protect it to not deteriorate with use over the years. Below we will explain how to clean wooden floors practically and provide the essential care they need to preserve their beauty for a long time.
Before cleaning the floor, you must ensure that there is no solid dirt that could damage it. At this point, you have two options:
- If the accumulated dirt is only dust, you can use a dry microfiber mop. With weekly cleaning, this is usually the most common situation.
- If the accumulated dirt is greater or is a very high traffic area, it is best to vacuum.
Once the floor is free of debris of any kind, it is time for a thorough cleaning.
Here you’ll have two important allies, the microfiber mop, and dampness control.
Excess water is the enemy of wooden floors, so applying just the right amount of dampness for it to dry quickly is essential for the floors to remain impeccable over the years.
There are four primary benefits of using a microfiber wet mop to clean wood floors:
- Microfiber attracts dirt, just like how the materials used in a standard mop do.
- Microfiber doesn’t retain as much moisture as standard mop materials.
- Microfiber absorbs dust and dirt even when it’s dry, that’s why it’s considered the best amongst other cleaning materials.
- Microfibers are also absorbent and can be washed by machines. And is the most durable choice.
Given these four benefits, microfiber can easily remove dirt and debris from your hardwood floors without saturating them; therefore, you can clean your floors without having to worry about damaging them (excessive water exposure can wreak havoc on wood flooring).
Wash microfiber mop heads with a mild detergent . They should never be washed with bleach or fabric softener. Never use the dryer.
How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors with a Microfiber Mop
Cleaning your hardwood floors with a microfiber mop is extremely easy. In just a few simple steps, your floors will look as good as the day they were installed. Just follow these steps.
Remove all furniture, accessories, and any other items that may be on the floor from the area that you will be cleaning. Tip: Place heavy items, such as couches, tables, chairs, and dressers on furniture coasters, felt pads, or blankets to avoid damaging the wood floor when moving the furniture; you might want to consider enlisting the help of some friends to assist you with the heavy lifting. If you live in a small space or you have a lot of furniture and there aren’t many places to put the furniture while you’re cleaning, just push it to one side of the room while you’re cleaning, clean the floor in the pen space, and repeat the process on the opposite side of the room.
Using a vacuum that’s specifically designed for wood floors or a dry microfiber mop.remove any loose dirt, debris, and dust from the floors. It should be noted, however, that even if you’re using a hardwood floor vacuum, make sure you inspect it before running it across the floors. Small pieces of dirt, sand, gravel, and even food materials, such as coffee grounds and salt, can get stuck on the wheels of the vacuum, and these materials can easily remove the finish and gauge scratches onto the floor. To prevent damage, always wipe down the wheels of your vacuum before running it along your wood floors. You can use the stair wand and upholstery attachments on your vacuum to remove dirt and debris trapped along the baseboards. If you don’t want to move your furniture, upholstery attachments can also be used to pick up dust and debris underneath them.
Sweep or vacuum with the grain of the wood, as doing so will enable you to pick up the maximum amount of dirt. Also, make sure you focus on the joints, as dirt and debris tends to get trapped between them.
Once the floor is dirt- and-dust-free, you can proceed with cleaning the hardwood. If you are using a concentrated floor cleaning solution, mix it with water in a bin, as per the instructions printed on the label; using too-concentrated floor cleaner could ruin the finish on the wood. Alternatively (and perhaps a better option), use a pre-mixed cleanser. While concentrated floor cleaning solutions may be more affordable and do provide flexibility, pre-mixed cleansers can save you the time and trouble of trying to get the mixture just right.
Before you begin cleaning the entire floor, we suggest testing out a small area in a less visible location; the corner of a room or inside a closet, for example. After applying the cleanser, wait a few minutes and wipe it up. Check the area to see if the solution has left any residue behind, or if it has caused any damage to the floor; bubbling or discoloration, for example.
Once you’re certain that the cleanser is safe to use, you can assemble the mop and begin cleaning the rest of the floor. We suggest starting from a back corner of the floor and moving towards the door, working in small sections at a time. Move your mop in long figure-eight motions; try to work with the grain of the wood. Cleaning in this manner will allow you to pick up more dirt and debris; otherwise you’ll end up just pushing the grime around.
When it comes to the cleaning solution, less is better. You’d want to get the mop wet and apply enough cleanser to the floor so that it will become clean, but you don’t want to apply so much that you’re creating puddles. Remember: saturating the floor with water can damage the wood.
For the best and safest results, clean your wood floors in low-humidity. To do this, we suggest using the drainage system by Moppsypro, which can remove up to 90% of the dampness in your mop and can effectively protect your floors without reducing the cleaning power.
Do this regularly. Twice a week of mopping or a weekly mopping will do. Adding a polish routine is another best practice for cleaning wood floors which you can also use microfibers to apply.
Things to Avoid
Now that we’ve covered the proper strategies for cleaning your hardwood floors, let’s take a look at the things you should avoid doing.
- Never apply bleach to wood floors. Wood is a porous material, so it will absorb the bleach and can cause extensive damage to the material; it will remove the finish and can cause staining.
- Don’t use solvent-based cleaners, as they can also damage the structural integrity of the wood.
- Cleansers that contain abrasive agents should also be avoided at all costs, as they’ll wear away the finish and scratch the wood.
- Don’t saturate the floors; you should never see puddles when you’re cleaning your wood floors.
- Do not use a mop that cannot remove excess water.
- Don’t use steam mops on hardwood; doing so can completely destroy wood flooring.
- Steer clear of products that claim they can “refinish” or “rejuvenate” the wood. While they might seem to be effective, the results are only temporary; plus, there’s a chance that they can leave thick, sticky, and hard-to-remove residue behind.