A beautiful and well-kept wooden floor adds so much to a household. It looks great, it’s durable, and its stylish look can complement all kinds of interiors. Practicality is another undeniable benefit of quality wooden floors for homeowners too. They are so easy to clean, meaning you’ve got less to worry about when cleaning your home.
Whether you’re having a quick clean-up or that yearly spring clean, we’ve got some useful tips for you homeowners that want to keep their wooden floors looking spick and span.
Clean your floor regularly
We’re not saying that you should whip out the hoover, mop and cleaning agent on the regular, but a weekly – or even daily – once-over with a vacuum cleaner or brush will make all the difference. It doesn’t take much effort; minimal sweeping or vacuuming will help your wooden flooring to gleam as if it was brand new.
Choose a vacuum over a brush
If you have the choice, it’s better to use a vacuum cleaner when clearing up any dirt, dust or debris that builds up on a daily basis. Not only are brooms and brushes often harsh on the flooring, risking damage to its finish or polish, but they are not very efficient when it comes to picking up all that dust. Even with a soft brush, you’ll find fluff and dirt will gather in all the nooks and crannies that the brush can’t reach.
Using a vacuum cleaner is the far more efficient choice, and most of the time, it will take you less time too. It can also improve the indoor air quality of your home too due to its efficiency in picking up dust – bonus!
Go with the grain
When you are cleaning your wooden floors, try and go with the grain. Whatever piece of equipment you are using to give your floor a once-over or deep clean, run it back and forth along the grain of the wood. By sticking to smooth strokes or sweeps going in the same direction of the grain, you can help maintain the floor’s protective layer, boosting its durability.
Be careful of mopping
It might surprise you to hear this, but you’re better off not heading to your mop and bucket when it comes to cleaning your wood flooring. The right way to mop your floor is to barely use any water at all – a wet mop can actually damage your floor. When using one, you want to wring it so it’s almost dry; it should feel only slightly damp to the touch.
For those more regular cleans, you can omit the water and cleaning solution completely and opt for ‘dust mopping’. You’ll actually find a dry mop far more efficient in picking up dust than an angular broom or brush because it can easily reach those touch corners.
Invest in your cleaning products
As tempting as it may be, don’t buy the cheap stuff! If you want to look after your floor and get the most out of it, then you should invest in some quality cleaning products and cleaning equipment. Cheaper products will only run the risk of damaging your floor; they can be harsh on its finish meaning the floor surface will deteriorate a lot faster.
By choosing a quality cleaning solution, you’ll not only find that it’s better for your floor, but you’ll find it’s more efficient too. There’s a lot of choice out there, but invest in a proper PH-balanced floor cleaner which is specifically made for cleaning floors.
Luckily for our customers at Criterion Flooring, we provide professional cleaning products with all wooden floors that we install. That’s a benefit for your floor, your cleaning cupboard, and your shopping list! To find out more, you can get in touch with us on 01442 822799 or by filling out our contact form.