When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting your hardwood floors, you need to proceed carefully because this type of flooring is susceptible to water damage, so you must follow the right steps so that you do not cause any damage.
Before you start deep cleaning your floors, it is very important that you figure out how your flooring was finished because knowing this information will ensure you proceed correctly. Find out if it was pre-finished, sealed or covered in urethane because this will lead you to the right disinfecting methods that will not harm your flooring. Polyurethane, urethane and poly-acrylic finished floors are usually the easiest to clean because they happen to be stain and water resistant; however, other types of finishes are not as durable and may lack certain protective layers, so you need to make sure both the cleaning and disinfecting methods you choose are suitable based on the finish of your floors.
Once you have this information, you can proceed with disinfecting your floors and the first step is to pick up any visible dust or crumbs using just a dry mop because this will prevent them from getting stuck in your mop, which can cause scuff marks. Prepping your floors is very important because it will allow you to disinfect them successfully. Sweeping away any loose dirt and debris off the surface should always be completed first because it will help you achieve a thorough cleaning.
Disinfecting your wood floors will require the use of an antibacterial floor wash that is made specifically for hardwood floors and they are available at most grocery stores and home repair shops. You can also make your own cleaner at home but it is extremely important that you use the right ingredients; otherwise, you can cause irreparable damage. Spray the appropriate amount of disinfectant directly onto your floors, allow it to sit for a few minutes and wipe using a microfiber cloth, which will not cause any damage to the surface of your floors.
The importance of knowing which products to use cannot be emphasized enough because hardwood floors are an investment and the last thing you want is to have to replace them. Avoid using a lot of water because this can warp your floors and while it can be tempting to use household products like vinegar and baking soda, you need to remember that they are not suitable for cleaning wood floors because they can wear down the polyurethane coating and affect the appearance of your hardwood. It is recommended that you use runners and throw rugs in high traffic areas while also implementing a “no shoes” rule to prevent dirt and germs from entering your home and wearing down your wood floors.
Milton Hardwood can provide you with detailed information regarding the proper care and maintenance of hardwood floors. We provide our clients with superior quality engineered hardwood flooring and offer installation as well, so contact us today to discuss beautiful and new flooring options for you!