Homeowners with hardwood floors may have deliberately searched for a property with this beautiful feature. As a high-priority item on their wish list, many are determined to find a home with this rich-looking accent, adding a warm and natural look to any room. However, after settling into their new house, they may have wondered about the best ways to care for and preserve their hardwood floors.
Here are some tips from Better Homes & Gardens on “How to Clean Hardwood Floors: Must-Know Tricks”:
- Preventive maintenance: You can reduce the time cleaning hardwood floors with preventive maintenance. Place mats outside and inside exterior doors to prevent tracking dirt across your floors. Position a basket or container for shoe, sneaker and boot removal right near the door. Use floor protectors under furniture and rugs in play areas to avoid scratches.
- Basic care: To start, dust the floor with a mop, which will grab dirt and pet hair. Maintain a schedule of weekly or biweekly cleaning, using only a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or an electric broom to avoid scratches. For speedy dusting, use both sides of disposable electrostatic cloths to save money.
- Deeper cleaning: A weekly dusting won’t eliminate the buildup of dirt, oil and grime over extended periods. Schedule a spring or winter holiday deep cleaning, using a wood-cleaning product. Follow the instructions carefully, using a sponge or rag mop. Damp-mop the floor, and avoid dousing the floor with water. If required, rinse with a clean mop, and wipe up excess liquid. Turn on your ceiling fan or the air-conditioner to speed up the drying process.
- Mark removal: Before trying to remove marks, determine the finish on your floor. If the stain is on the surface, your floor probably has a hard finish, such as urethane. If the stain has seeped through the wood, the floor more than likely has a soft oiled finish, typical in older homes. Wipe surface stains from a hard finish with a soft, clean cloth rather than sandpaper or steel wool to avoid damage.
- Hardwood floor remedies: For floors with soft oiled finishes, you can complete each treatment with a wood staining. Then, wax and buff the section. For dark spots, heal marks and pet stains, use a No. 000 steel wool pad and floor wax. Rinse with a damp cloth after an hour. To tackle oil-based stains, use a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent to eliminate the grease, and rinse with clear water. Repeat, if necessary, and let the spot dry before smoothing any raised grain with fine sandpaper. Rub water or white stains with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax.
For more hardwood floor care tips, watch the video “Cleaning Hardwood Floors: The Tricks That Work.”
Experienced Technicians for Wood Floor Restoration
Are you in a panic because your hardwood floor cleaning efforts didn’t work? Did your bucket accidentally spill and damage your floor with overflowing water? Are you in the middle of a cleanup after a serious house flood?
The knowledgeable and experienced technicians at NWA Restore It, Inc. can help. They will first make a careful assessment about the best way to proceed. Here are some of the important factors they consider:
- Wood type and length of time it has been wet
- Cost-effectiveness of drying and likelihood of restoring pre-loss condition
- Number of times the floor has been refinished previously
Proper Equipment to Handle Each Job
To complete wood floor restoration correctly, it is essential to have the proper equipment and experience to handle each situation. Our experts have identified the best option and invested in TES (Thermal Energy System), which has saved many wood floors from replacement.
NWA Restore It, Inc. specializes in drying wood floors and provides the following advantages:
- Offers a cost-efficient solution
- Avoids displacing customers from their homes for long periods
- Decreases the time involved in cleanup
Our technicians simply work magic. They can take a soaked wood floor and restore its original beauty. When you need an affordable general contractor in Rogers, AR, contact NWA Restore It, Inc..