• Do Special Hardwood Floors Require Special Cleaners?

    What do you do when you have special hardwood floors you need to clean?

    There’s nothing quite like solid hardwood floors to completely change the look and feel of a home. They’re warm and beautiful and feel great under your feet. When you invest in wood floors, you want to protect them, and one of the best ways to get the most out of them is to maintain them properly. For that you need some tips on the proper way to clean them.

    Room with clean hardwood floors

    Basic Day-to-Day Cleaning

    Dirt and grit are the worst substances you can let sit on hardwood. When people and pets walk across a dirty or gritty floor, it can work its way into the surface, scratching it and making the finish dull before its time. This can turn your shoes and feet into sandpaper, wearing down your beautiful floors.

    The best way to clean up the grit, dust, and dirt is with a fine broom. You can also use a vacuum, but be sure to use one with a hardwood adjustment, as the rotary brushes of a carpet vacuum cleaner can push the dirt around and cause scratches. Dusting or vacuuming regularly will help prevent damage from dirt.

    Time to Clean: What Not to Use

    The rule of thumb when it comes to hardwood floors is to avoid any cleaning product that contains oils or waxes. Oily cleaners leave a residue and waxes coat the wood and make it difficult to re-coat or refinish when the time comes. Don’t use ammonia products or anything abrasive, as they will dull the finish.

    Time to Clean: What to Use

    The best cleaning products are the ones recommended by the flooring manufacturer or installer. Running a close second are pH neutral products like dishwashing soap and water.

    The best way to ensure your hardwood floors stay clean, shiny, and looking their best is with regular professional cleaning and polishing. If your floors are starting to look dull, call the pros at Whitehall Carpet Cleaning for professional evaluation and cleaning. Call 803-732-3200.

    By: Matt Lashway Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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