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How to clean prefinished hardwood floors




Pre-finished hardwood flooring is kept ready sanded, stained and finished. After purchasing it, all you need to do is install the slats in the right place. Upon installation, you must make sure you clean them in the proper manner to avoid long term problems.
A soft broom or a light vacuum cleaner may be used to clear the dirt and debris off the floor. Sweeping regularly will prevent the accumulation of dirt. It is an arduous task to clean dirt that has been gathered on the floor for a long time.
Using a suitable cleaning solution is a good idea. The manufacturer of your hardwood floors can provide you with the best advice regarding the appropriate cleaner that you should use on your floors.
Cleaners that are water-based are safe and easy to use on a floor that is well finished with four coatings of water-based finish or three coatings of polyurethane.
Steam cleaning is one of the most effective ways of cleaning your hardwood floor.
A cleaner with a high pH is best for removing grease and oily stains. One with a low pH is extremely good for cleaning deposits that are water and mineral based. However, the use of such cleaners with extreme pH adds a dull look to your flooring over time. You should therefore use a cleaner with a neutral pH that is mild and balanced. It helps in eliminating oily and mineral deposits without damaging the hardwood floor. For instance, when you do not want to use a floor cleaner, you can use a damp mop to clean your hardwood floors. First, dip the mop in water. Then, wring it to dry it completely before using it to mop your floor.
Another beneficial way to maintain your prefinished floor is to use floor refreshers. These revive the dull areas formed on your floor.
The corners of your floors are often neglected while cleaning. You should pay particular attention to these areas while cleaning. You should frequently clean your kitchen floors to maintain hygiene. You can mop the floors of the other rooms in your house once a week, but make sure you wipe your floors once a day with a broom to prevent dirt from accumulating on your floors. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bucket filled with water. Then dip a sponge mop in the bucket. Next, wring it completely before cleaning your floor with it. You must wipe the floor with a damp mop when done, because the dishwashing liquid that is used leaves a film on the flooring.
It is a good idea to use a proper floor cleaner instead of a dishwashing liquid. In cases where hard stains need to be removed, apply a little floor cleaner on a piece of cloth and rub it on the stain gently. Do not apply too much pressure while doing this. You should purchase a prefinished hardwood flooring kit that consists of a mop, a washable mop pad and also a floor cleaner.
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