Minnetonka Hardwood CleaningCleaning your hardwood floors is an important task. It will help your home to look its best and ensure that you are taking good care of the floors. You want to avoid using any kind of harsh cleaner as it can damage the protective coating on the floors. However, you can pick and choose the way you clean your floors based on the time you have and the level of dirt on the floors.

Vacuum

You can always choose to vacuum the floor, just as you would any other surface. This will help to get all of the dirt and debris that has collected off of the surface. If you have attachments that get into the corners, it can be useful.

Dry Mop

A dry mop can help to gather up the dirt and debris very easily. While there are various models available, one with a micro fiber cloth can be the most beneficial. This is because the dirt will tend to be attracted to the cloth so that you are actually picking up all of the sand, hair, and other debris as opposed to pushing it around the floor. If you’re not effective at getting the dirt up, you could end up scratching the surface, which is what you want to avoid.

Mopping

After vacuuming and dry mopping, the standard wet mopping should be done at least once a month. Dampen a mop with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and water. You may also want to buy a special floor cleaner based on the type of flooring that you have, which our design associates can recommend to you. Avoid using too much water because hardwood floors aren’t completely waterproof. Be sure to let them dry completely before walking on them.

Steaming

There are various steam cleaners that you can purchase, designed for hardwood and laminate flooring. These are simple mops, such as Bissell, where you add a pad to the bottom of the steamer and a small amount of water is used. This ensures you don’t use too much water while cleaning the floors. It can add the gloss back to the flooring while you get any kind of dirt up that may have stuck to the boards.

When you clean your floors regularly, your floors are going to look better. A little adhesive remover, such as lemon extract, can also go a long way to removing any gunk that won’t come off with standard floor cleaners. If you take the time to care for your floors, they will last much longer. If you’re ready to get started on your new hardwood flooring project, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

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