How To Clean Hardwood Floors
From the desk of Joanna Gerber,
How to clean Hardwood Floors? Too many times I get a frantic call from someone trying to find out what can be done about darks spots on their hardwood floors. Each time, I ask several questions to pinpoint the problem and figure out what sort of damage we are talking about.
It is during that initial few minutes that I find that 85% of time we are talking about a problem that can not be fixed just by refinishing of those floors.
Dark spots on hardwood floors are causes by water damage. Period. The most common causes for this problem are:
All can be avoided... but once they do happen there is no easy solution, I'm sorry.
Today I will address the last issue, one that can easily be avoided.
How to clean Hardwood Floors? ONE RULE THAT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW: Never, ever use bucket with water and a mop.
Here is how: Get a spray bottle and use pure warm water mixed with some vinegar.
How much? 2 cups of warm water (500ml or 16oz. or 1/2 a liter) and 1/2 -1 oz of vinegar (1-2 tbsp.)
Mix in a spray bottle and use for cleaning by spraying the water mixture onto a clean microfiber mope like the one in the picture. You can get those in most stores. Never, ever spray directly onto the hardwood floor surface; if there is a accumulation of dirt (a sticky spot) that you need to address, use a rug and rub the spot by hand before going over with a mop sprayed with water-vinegar solution.
If you would like to use a professional cleaning product to clean hardwood floors, be sure to use the ones that are formulated specifically for your type of flooring.
Also, be sure to choose ones that do not leave a film after they completely dry. You will need to dry polish your floors to get rid of the smudges.
All the floors in our home have are finished with a satin sheen varnish. Our professional cleaner of choice is from Bona Kemi. We use their finishes, so naturally we choose to continue with the cleaners from the same company. It may however not be the right one for your specific type of floor. If you would like to order your Hardwood Flooring Bona Cleaning Kit, please give me a call at 705-721-1082
One final word of advice... please do not use the "Swiffer" solutions, especially the ones that claim to go from ceramic to tile. They spray the solution directly onto the floor and as I expleained earlier, that's not the best thing.
If you have questions regarding any of the information included in this post, please give me a call at 705-721-1082, I look forward to hearing from you.
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