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Best Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors

Although hardwood floors are durable and long lasting, they are easily susceptible to minor damages caused by scratches and dents. Cleaning your hardwood floors regularly would help in removing abrasive dust and dirt particles which prevents the occurrence of scratches on your floors. Dust and dirt act in a way similar to that of sandpaper, thereby scratching and scouring the smooth surfaces of your hardwood floorings. Consequently, your hardwood floors may become dull. It is therefore essential to clean your hardwood floors regularly to avoid the accumulation of dust and dirt particles. A broom with soft bristles can be used to clean the floors every day. Vacuuming can be done once or twice a week. Using a broom with harsh bristles or a vacuum consisting of a beater brush attachment is prohibited as this may cause damage to the smooth surface of your hardwood floors. Rather, a vacuum consisting of a soft brush attachment can be used.
Hardwood floors are not resistant to moisture. Therefore, it is unadvisable to use large amounts of water on them. Special care must be taken while cleaning with water if your hardwood floors entail worn patches. Excessive usage of water for cleaning on such a floor would cause further damage to it. As a result, before using water to clean your floor you must ensure that it does not contain worn patches and that its finish is in a good condition. If your hardwood floor is in a considerable good condition, you may use a damp cloth to clean it. Firstly, soapy water must be used to rub the floors gently and then fresh water must be used. Then, completely dry the wet area using a soft brush or a dry cloth. If your hardwood floors are coated with polyurethane, you can use a mop which is half dry for cleaning purposes.
While using hardwood cleaning products, you must ensure to use a mild cleaner which has a neutral pH. Cleaners contain harsh chemicals such as ammonia and other ammonia based chemicals which are not appropriate to be used on hardwood floors. Furthermore, do not apply abrasive cleaners to your hardwood floors. Before trying a new cleaning product on your hardwood floors, first test it by applying it to a small area. For cleaning stains, a piece of cotton may be dabbed in alcohol and rubbed on the affected area. Most people also use vinegar and water which cleans and removes odor from floors. However, vinegar must be used in appropriate quantities since excessive use of it may make your floors dull.

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