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Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

Posted by on October 5, 2015
Vacuum your hardwood flooring

Cleaning your hardwood flooring all depends on the type of flooring in your home. But one way to remove dirt is to use a vacuum!

Whether you are knew owners of hardwood flooring or just need a refresher on the best ways to clean your flooring, there is something everyone can learn about caring for this flooring. How do you get rid of stains on your hardwood floors? Well, let’s go over some basic floor cleaning tips!

Sealed Floors

Choosing a cleaning product for your hardwood floors will depend on the finish for your flooring. As far as cleaning goes, there are essentially two types of hardwood flooring finishes: floors that are sealed with urethane, polyurethane, or poly-acrylic sealants or those that haven’t been sealed. Surface-sealed floors are water and stain resistant. To clean, simply sweep and use a damp mop the floors using a cleaning solution. If you want a cleaning solution that is budget friendly and safe for your sealed hardwood floors, use a pH-neutral soap like dishwashing liquid. To mop your floor, use a very soft felt or cloth mop. Wring out the mop very well and gently run the mop over the floors. As soon as you mop the floors with the solution, go back over the floors with a clean mop to dry the floors. To make sure you aren’t getting too much water on the floor, you can also use a fine spray bottle of the solution the mop with a dry mop. To get your floors clean, follow the wood grain so the mop doesn’t snag on the rough patches.

Non-Sealed Floors

The floors that haven’t been sealed include natural floors or those that have been finished with a penetrating seal, oil seal, lacquer, varnish, or shellac. Most newly installed hardwood floors are the former and have been sealed to provide easy care options. Non-surface sealed floors are sensitive to water penetration and stains so avoid mopping. To get rid of dirt and dust, simply sweep or use a vacuum on the floors regularly. Once a year, you will need to strip the floors of the old wax using mineral spirits or a wax stripper then use a nourishing wax liquid or paste. This type of flooring should never be mopped as water could seep into the floors, causing damage.

Tips and Tricks

Using a vacuum on either type of flooring is recommended to remove dirt and debris. Use a vacuum 3with either a brush or felt head to avoid dents or scratches. Life happens when you least expect it so having a few stain removing tricks in your back pocket can only help you. To remove scuff marks from your light wood floors, use baking soda and a damp sponge to buff them out. Greasy stains can happen with you spill a dish of food on the floor. To remove them on sealed floors use a commercial hardwood floor cleaner. To remove greasy stains on non-sealed floors, use a damp sponge to wipe up the mess as soon as possible then use a clean cloth to dry the area and apply wax.

These tips and tricks will help your floors looking beautiful and lasting as long as your home does! For more information about our hardwood flooring refinishing services, call John K. Eareckson & Co. today!

John K Eareckson & Co. – An Exceptional Flooring Contractor

At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you’re in the market for new hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today! If you have any questions about New Hardwood Floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!

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