There’s nothing like the beauty of hardwood floors. They add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any home. But keeping them looking their best can be a challenge. Here are some tips on how to care for hardwood floors to keep them looking beautiful:
Avoiding Harsh Chemicals
One of the best ways to maintain hardwood floors is to avoid using harsh cleaning products. Harsh chemicals can damage the finish of wood floors and leave dangerous fumes in the home. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective hardwood floor cleaners on the market.
Our top pick is the Easy Hardwood Floor Cleaner™.
MacDonald Hardwoods is pleased to introduce the Easy Hardwood Floor Cleaner™. Our ready-to-use, water-based and biodegradable solution is safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane-finished wood floors.
The Easy Hardwood Floor Cleaner™ is also phthalate and paraben free. Just spray and mop – it dries fast and leaves no residue. Plus, it also meets EPA product standards, making it safe for use in any home and without any worries about environmental impact.
One of the most important things to remember when caring for hardwood floors is to avoid tracking in water. Water and de-icing agents can easily ruin the look of your hardwood floors. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent this. The first is to always remove your shoes before entering your home. Another way is to use floor mats or throw rugs to keep dirt and other debris from ruining your floors.
While you may think that using a wet mop is a good way to keep your floors clean, you’ll want to avoid the water altogether. Water will make hardwood floors swell and can even cause cracks. In addition, water can damage the sealant on wood floors, so you don’t want to use too much water on your floors.
To maintain the beauty of your hardwood floor, it’s important to clean up any spills as soon as possible. Don’t wait until they become big enough to ruin the look of your floor. In addition to regular vacuuming and dust mopping, you should occasionally use a damp mop to deep clean your floors. However, you should never leave water sitting on your floors.
Cleaning With a Dry Mop
One of the most important parts of cleaning hardwood floors is using a spray mop. When cleaning your floors, mopping will remove dirt and dust that accumulates on them. This will keep your floors from scratching.
Before mopping, sweep the floor to remove any loose dust or dirt. Depending on the amount of traffic you have on your floors, you may also need to apply a dusting agent. These agents help to remove dirt and pet hair. You can also use a dry mop that has a microfiber head to trap dust. A few of these mops don’t need additional cleaning agents.
The best hardwood floor cleaning products include those that are natural. This way, you won’t have to worry about scrubbing the floor with chemicals or damaging it further. You can also make use of a vacuum attachment that is made for hardwood floors.
We recommend the MacMop™. Gone are the days of hauling out the heavy vacuum and dust mop for a seemingly endless list of cleaning chores. With the MacMop™, you can say goodbye to hours of tedious work – and hello to gleaming floors! The MacMop™ is ideal for cleaning all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane-finished wood floors safely and easily. The included refillable cartridge and machine washable microfiber cleaning pad make it a snap to keep your floors clean, while the durable and lightweight design with a retractable hook makes storage a breeze.
Protecting From Direct Sunlight
One of the first steps in caring for your hardwood floors is to protect them from excessive direct sunlight. You can do this by installing blinds or drapes on the windows. Also, try to keep the shades or curtains closed to reduce the sunlight. As a bonus, this will keep your house cooler during the summer and save energy costs.
Exposure to sunlight can cause your floors to fade and change color. To avoid this, you can also consider tinting your windows to block out UV rays. This will also help protect your hardwood floors from fading. Direct sunlight also causes damage to your furniture and other home furnishings. Decorative rugs and artwork can fade if they are not protected. It is also costly to repair these items.
Another way to protect your hardwood floors from direct sunlight is by installing window film. These films block out a great deal of UV rays. It also helps reduce interior temperatures. Window films are available in stationary and retractable varieties. They can also be used in combination with blinds.
Protecting From Scuffs
There are many ways to protect hardwood floors from scuffs and scratches.
Make sure you take off your shoes at the door. This will prevent nicks and scratches from getting onto your floors and will also help keep your home free from germs.
You can also add a shoe bin for your guests to leave their shoes in.
Be sure to discourage the use of spikey shoes in your home.
Use furniture pads or coasters on all furniture legs to avoid scuffs and scratches.
Never slide furniture across the floor; always lift it when moving it.
Remove your shoes before walking around.
Keep your kids’ toys off of hardwood floors. This is important because kids’ toys can grind along the floor and you don’t want them to scratch your floors.
You should also avoid putting high heels and dark-soled shoes on hardwood floors.
Make sure you place rugs on high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen and hallways.
If you want to keep the shine of your hardwood floors, you should know some tips to clean and polish them properly.
Firstly, you should use the right cleaning solution for your floor type. Some cleaning solutions are suitable for hardwood floors, while others are appropriate for laminate, vinyl, and bamboo floors. Many of these solutions are inexpensive and most of us have them in our kitchen or pantry.
Apart from the best option, our Easy Hardwood Floor Cleaner™, one effective cleaning solution for hardwood floors is a solution of vinegar and oil. This mixture should be applied to your floors and then allowed to soak in overnight. Afterward, buff them with a dry cloth. You should not apply the solution to your floors on a daily basis, but at least once a week. It is advisable not to use a chemical polish, as it may bleach your wood floors.
As you can see, there are many ways to care for hardwood floors. By following these tips, you can keep your floors looking shiny and new for years to come. One of the best parts about keeping your hardwood floors in tip-top condition is the fact that it increases your home’s value! Learn more about that in our previous post [link to the previous post].
To make the most of your hardwood floors, you’ll need the Easy Hardwood Floor Cleaner™ and the MacMop™.
Get in touch with MacDonald Hardwoods today to learn how you can get these amazing products!