13 killer tips for hardwood floor vacuuming and cleaning
If you have a hardwood floor with a good finish, vacuuming and cleaning may not be as easy for you as it may be with tiled floors. There is always a chance that careless cleaning will make the finish of your hardwood floor look dull and leave permanent scuffs on the floor. To protect the good look, we recommend a few easy guidelines:
1. Vacuum on a regular basis by grabbing one of the best vacuums from upright or canister types that has a long, oval floor brush attached. You should know that only the best vacuum for hardwood floors will remove dirt and fine debris from the cracks and crevices of a wood floor to end your search for perfection. To pick one of the best vacuums you may want to read our BUYING GUIDE.
2. Pick up any objects that are scattered on the area to be vacuumed. If these are left unattended, they may cause clogging in your device.
3. Check whether your vacuum cleaner is already full. If so, you either have to replace the bag or empty the debris container. Emptying will allow your vacuum to work at its maximum capacity.
4. In case of running out of bags, reuse it but do this in an emergency situation only. Cut off the end with scissors, empty the contents and staple the bag shut. It is now ready to go!
5. Check the bottom of the vacuum to be sure that there is no twine winded around the bristles of the brush. In case there is any, pull those using a metal stick.
6. Take your shoes off when you come back home, and you should advise other members of your family to do the same. It goes a long way to eliminating virtually all of the tracked-in dirt that can wreak havoc on a wood floor’s finish, believe me!
7. Every now and then spills on floor will happen. It may happen by your small kids more often but it may happen by you too at times. Never allow spills to dry as they will make the floor’s finish look dull. To protect your hard wood floor from looking dull, you should blot spills immediately with an absorbent cloth. Then dampen a soft cloth or a paper tower to remove any residue and buff dry. If you find it scuffed or scratched already, apply a little baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub the mark until it disappears. Then wipe with a damp and soft cloth or paper towel and buff dry.
8. Never too wet your floor. Instead you may use a wood floor cleaning product. Spray the cleaner and go over it with the microfiber mop to pick up the dissolved dirt from the floor. In case you have to wet-clean, do not do that more than once in every 30 to 60 days.
9. Cleaning solutions may affect the finish look of your floor either. So, exercise caution in applying these and when you need to wet-clean, clean a small area at a time with a damp mop or cloth and buff dry.
10. High-heeled shoes, untrimmed claws of pets and similar other objects may leave ugly marks on the finish of your wood floor. So, to prevent this from happening, keep your pets’ nails trimmed, and leave your shoes at the door.
11. You should avoid vacuuming with a rotating brush. Be sure to turn off the brush roll or use a floor brush attachment instead as rotating brush can be very abrasive to wood floors.
12. In case your wood floor has a wax finish or if its finish is old and worn, avoid steaming. Be extra careful when using steam cleaners and do not forget to use the lightest level of steam your appliance offers. Keep it moving across the floor and do not target one spot for too long which may result in discoloring.
13. Sun exposure can dull the color of hardwood floor. So, protect your floor and its finish look when the sun is at its strongest to limit discoloring and drying.
Follow the above guidelines in vacuuming and cleaning your hardwood floor and relax!