Wood makes the most beautiful flooring. Well… Maybe we are being a bit biased here. But wood floors really do make a home feel warm and add a touch of nature that fills the soul. Add some pets, a few steps in stilletos, pull some furniture across the room… Then your perfect wood floors will look like a mess. Or even seem impossible to recover. Below is a list of ways to clean, maintain and recover your damaged wood floors.
Use a dry mop on your floors to remove dirt and debris.
For polyurethaned floors, you may use a wet mop and dish washing liquid to sanitize your floor. Always go back and forth with the mop, and follow the wood grain.
Use a soft cloth to rub floors to remove soapy residue after we- mopping. Rub in a circular motion.
If your floors are varnished, lacquered or shellacked, it is not wise to use water on them. We are referring to the glossy coating you see on some wood floors. And flooring with these finishings require a different type of care from those without, as water may leave stains and cause buckling. They are not resistant to moisture and water. So your wood flooring will be vulnerable to water stains and much damage.
Always use a solvent based cleaner on your varnished, lacquered or shellacked floors. And use a sponge mop for removing residues.
If you are not sure what type of finishing your floor has, it is necessary for you to test it before applying chemicals or cleaning agents. Polyurethaned floors can be damaged as well by using products and a cleaning routine designed for shellac flooring on them.
When moving furniture, make sure to use furniture pads to prevent your wood floors from getting scratched.
Place trivets and saucers under your indoor plants to prevent water damage.
Also, remember to use a soft broom for everyday sweeping. A tough broom will cause damage to your wood floors.
Your beautiful wood floors aren’t just there for the aesthetics. They absorb the dust and take all the battering during our daily activities. They are a great long term flooring option. But they do require good care and maintenance.