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Cleaning Tips for Maintaining Beautiful Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. The variety of offerings fit nearly every desired taste & budget and will dress-up the look of any interior. Their function goes beyond aesthetics, though. Hardwood flooring can actually make your home greener. Think about some of the major differences vs. carpeting: less dust & dander trapped, fewer odors, less likely to stain from spills, and not nearly as many harmful chemicals. They can be maintenance-heavy at times, though.

Liquids Can Damage Hardwoods

The best way to clean hardwood flooring depends on the type of sealant. Most modern versions use a water resistant formula. When cleaning it’s important to remember that liquids are an enemy, so use water and other solvents very sparingly. The key to success is a technique called ‘damp mopping’. Not familiar with the term? Not a problem! After saturating the mop with your chosen cleaning solution, simply wring it out as much as possible. Remember, you only want a minimal amount of liquid applied to the hardwood surface. Once completed, be sure that there is no standing water as it could damage the flooring. This holds true for spills, as well. Clean them as quickly as possible to prevent possible staining or something more severe.

For quick touch-ups, regular sweeping will help. We recommend a dry dust mop or the soft brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner. Take caution using a standard broom; the stiff, straw-like bristles could damage the flooring’s surface. Traffic levels can impact how often and with what methods the hardwoods in a room are cleaned. Be sure to take care and always start with the less aggressive approach.

Maid Brigade's DIY Recommendation

To achieve a natural clean using ingredients that omit the harmful toxins in most commercially sold cleaning solutions, we recommend mopping your hardwood floors using a mixture of vinegar and water. Start with a weaker mixture and increase the potency as needed. Over an extended period of time vinegar may accelerate the dulling of your hardwoods. An alternative natural cleaning solution is warm water and dish soap (1/4 cup of dish washing liquid for a bucket of warm water). For spot-cleaning needs, sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and scrub with a sponge. To ensure that the area is completely clean, rinse with warm water and dry. This is particularly effective on scuff marks and small stains. If you have questions, call one of Maid Brigade’s local cleaning experts at 866.800.7470 for assistance.

Regardless of your dedication, most homes need a deep cleaning once or twice a year to get the dirt and build-up that accumulate from everyday life. Professional cleaning services like Maid Brigade can help. We use only Green Clean Certified® products in your home including HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaners that are approved by the American Lung Association. Our equipment along with proven methods are highly effective and ensure that only a sparkling shine remains when our maids are done. We’ll care for your hardwood floors and home like they are our own.

Maid Brigade’s cleaning tips are here to help keep your home in great shape between cleanings. Allow us to handle the heavy lifting while you enjoy time with the family! For a FREE estimate, click here: Maid Brigade House Cleaning Estimate.