Question: How do you maintain hardwood floors?
Answer: With a flat mop, a lightly dampened microfiber mop head, and an appropriate cleaner.
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recommends dusting as needed with a dust mop or broom, vacuuming weekly, and traffic-based cleaning with the floor cleaner recommended by the manufacturer monthly. Spot clean as-needed, and wipe up spills immediately.
For traffic cleaning, rather than a traditional mop and bucket, manufacturers recommend a flat mop with a clean, microfiber pad. Wet the pad and wring it out so it is lightly dampened. Spray and mop a small section of the flooring at a time with a hardwood-safe cleaner and rinse your pad between rooms.
Hardwood-safe floor cleaners we love? Bruce and Pledge Floor Care (*). Want to be extra safe, and prolong the beauty of your floors? Use plain water, or water with a drop of wood-safe all purpose for scent. Avoid anything with the words “finish”, “polish”, or “oil”, as those products will build up on your floors.
Using a steam mop or wet mop can damage your hardwoods, especially when used routinely. While there are newer models on the market that are safer for hardwoods, the NWFA advises avoiding steamers altogether to prolong the life and beauty of your floors.
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