Your floors receive constant use and abuse everyday, which means it is bound to find some wear and tear such as scratches and stains. When time comes to clean and revitalize your floors, it is important to find the proper cleaning supplies. While you want to ensure a deep and thorough clean, you also don’t want to use anything that has the potential to harm your floors. There are several methods and cleaners that are good choices for your needs, which the Hardwood Perfect Flooring team has described here.
Designated Hardwood Cleaner
Yes, this may seem obvious, but cleaners that are made specifically for hardwood are ideal for your cleaning needs. Specialized cleaners are created with this usage in mind, meaning there are few if any unknown factors to worry about. The side effects or unwanted results that can come from universal or homemade cleaners are highly unlikely to happen when using a designated hardwood cleaner.
What are You Looking for?
First, avoid anything overly acidic. This is why we suggest avoiding the common at-home remedy of vinegar and water. This has the potential to create many adverse effects, including removing the stain and varnish from your wood. This will force you to refinish and repair your floors more quickly than using the proper cleaning supplies.
Look for cleaners that are pH neutral, meaning they are neither too acidic or basic. These will not harm the integrity of the wood or the stain, but are still powerful enough to cut through stains and grime. If you are unable to find a cost-effective cleaner that fits your needs, using water and a neutral soap will do the job. Just ensure that whatever apparatus you use to apply the cleaner is not soaking wet, as that will be the opposite of what you want for wooden floors.
Regarding Steam Mops
Steam mops are gaining popularity for cleaning hardwood floors. They can be extremely useful, especially if you don’t want to take the time to deal with mopping or scrubbing with a sponge or cloth. With that said, steam mops still pose potential water-damage issues. Though it is not using a wet mop, pushing steam into your hardwood panels can still lead to unwanted expansion, contraction, and other water-related issues. Alternatives are advised if at all possible.
Cleaning your hardwood floors is an important part of home maintenance. If you have any other projects or hardwood flooring needs, give Hardwood Perfect Flooring a call. Our expertise will make any customer in the New York City area happy and satisfied with their flooring.