Keeping your house clean is not always easy. It can take a lot of time and effort if you only clean every once in a while. But, if you take some time to learn the best ways to clean your floors and maintain them, you won’t run into trouble with dirt building up. I want to share 10 tips to keep wood floors clean all the time.
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Why is Cleaning Wood Floors Different?
Wood floors and carpets both need to be cleaned, but the methods have to be different. You can’t use the same tools and cleaning solutions for both, so it’s a good idea to get the best info about how to clean wood floors and keep them clean all the time.
How Cleaning is Beneficial
Wood floors are different than other types of hard floors. If you leave dirt to build up on the wood, it can get caught between the wood grains and may cause scratches and damage to the floors. For this reason, it’s best not to leave dirt sitting on the floor for long. You’ll want to clean frequently, even though you don’t need to deep clean very often.
10 Tips to Keep Your Wood Floors Clean All the Time
Here are the best ideas for cleaning wood floors in your home, and keeping them maintained easily:
- Place mats around the house and all entryways
Mats should be on the outside before stepping in, as well as on the inside to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the house. There should also be well placed mats or carpets around the house to trap frequent spills and dirt. You can put them in the kitchen, by the bathroom doors, and around the couches, and anywhere else you park your feet, for the best dirt retention.
- Take shoes off before entering the house
Shoes are the number one source of dirt tracked into the house. If you can keep people from wearing shoes into your house, it will make it easier to keep the place clean. Politely ask guests to leave shoes on the mat inside he door, and make sure you and your family do the same.
- Wear “house shoes” (slippers or flip flops are fine)
Although it sounds funny, you should have a specific few pairs of shoes to wear around the house on the average day. Feet tend to collect dirt and move it around the house, while also grinding it into the floors as you walk. Soft shoes like slippers or flip flops are less “sticky” and won’t track all the dirt around your house, or from outside the house in.
- Sweep or vacuum up dirt particles before mopping
Don’t just put your mop down and get to work. It’s always better to get as much dirt off the floor as possible before you start to mop. This will keep the wood from getting scratched up when you do mop, and will keep the floors cleaner in between wet cleaning.
- Make your own softer cleaning solution for wood
Cleaning solutions made for wood aren’t always a good idea for your floors. They may get them clean, but might cause some damage in the long term. Make your own soft cleaning solutions for your type of wood floors. Depending on the finish, each floor does better with different mixes. Some people recommend boiling a weak black tea, letting it cool down, and using that water to clean. It’s said to leave a brilliantly shiny finish on wood!
- Only use a damp mop, never a wet mop
Water and wood don’t work well together. Because of this, you should never use an outright wet mop to clean your floors. Squeeze and wring it out until it’s damp, not wet. Only use a damp mop on the floor, so that you won’t leave a trail of water behind you.
- Do a quick dust-mopping or vacuum every day
If you pick up the dirt from the floor daily, you’ll only need a quick sweep every day to maintain a very clean house throughout the week. By using a dust-mop or a vacuum to pick up the dirt, you’ll remove the risk of scratching the floors while you move around, and will also make it easier to deep clean when your house needs it.
- Attach felt contacts to the bottom of furniture legs
Furniture needs to be moved around when you’re cleaning. If not, the legs of furniture will collect dirt, hair, and grime over a period of time. You can make it really easy to move furniture without scraping the floor by attaching small felt tips to the bottoms of the legs of furniture. This protects the floor and makes it simple to clean around furniture.
- Don’t neglect the baseboards and corners
For a house to look clean, you can’t have any places collecting large amounts of dirt and filth throughout the week. Make sure you vacuum around the corners and baseboards of the wood floors to prevent buildup of dirt.
- Spray your cleaner or water instead of pouring or soaking
To keep the floor from getting too wet, it’s a good idea to use a spray bottle and fill it with your preferred cleaning solution. This way you can spray a quick spray before you mop an area, instead of leaving water sitting for too long on the floors.
It’s not as hard as you may think to keep wood floors looking great. They can be quickly cleaned throughout the week and deep cleaned on the weekends for a great shine that will last a long time. A few minutes a day can keep your floors looking clean all the time!
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