There’s something beautiful about hardwood floors; the best thing about them, however, is that they are easy to clean. They are also durable, and you only need to do a minimum to see them bright and shining again.
The first step when cleaning a hardwood floor is to use a vacuum cleaner or dust mop to remove any dust, hair, pet hair and any other dirt that might be on the floor. Make sure the vacuum cleaner does not have a beater bar attachment since it might scratch the floor; use a vacuum cleaner that has a floor brush attachment. Depending on the number of people or pets in the house, this can be done once per week.
The second step is to use a liquid cleaner, and a good example is Murphy’s oil soap. Make sure all the instructions on the cleaner’s guide are followed. Also, you can make your cleaner by mixing vinegar ( 1 part), and water(10 parts) then put a few drops of castile soap.
Whatever cleaner you choose to use, soak a cleaning cloth into the water and cleaner solution and remove the surplus water from the cloth. The cloth should be damp and not wet. Mop the floor with the damp cloth and make sure to use less pressure lest you put too much water on the floor. Wash your floor with clean water to remove any cleaning solution on the floor. Dry the floor with a clean towel to remove any standing water that might have been left on the floor.
Boling water and two tea bags come in handy if you want to give your hardwood floors a beautiful shine. All you have to do is to leave two tea bags in boiling water. Pour the ‘tea’ in your cleaning bucket and soak your cleaning cloth in that bucket. Remove excess water and make sure the cloth is damp and not wet such that they will not be excess water on the floors once you are done the cleaning.
For scratched areas, pick a crayon color of your floor and rub it on the scratched area until the gap is filled. Turn a blowdryer on high heat and heat the area where the crayon was applied. Once done, buff the area with a soft cloth. This review on Bissell vacuum will help you find a vacuum that cleans hardwood floors really well.
To prevent damage to your freshly cleaned areas, place doormats inside and outside the main doors to lower the volume of dirt that is carried inside the house. Use floor protectors where your furniture has been placed to reduce chances of damage on the floor. Also, put rags in areas with a lot of traffic in the house to reduce chances of damage.
Other things you should know
Do not use alkaline products, straight ammonia or abrasive products on the floor because they tend to dull the finish
Do not use furniture sprays, waxes or oils on the floors. Oils tend to leave a residue while furniture sprays create slippery floors. Applying wax on the floor takes time while after sometime recoating the floor will become difficult.