Thirty Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tip Ideas

Thirty Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tip Ideas

Gregory Han
Sep 21, 2007

What's more beautiful than clean hardwood floors? We try to give our floors a cloth wipe swipe every three days, have an air purifier to take out as much of the dust from the air, and once a week, do a more thorough cleaning. But here are thirty hardwood floor cleaning tips from Vincent Platania of Stanley Home Products that further explains proper hardwood floor care:

1. Pick up a broom you like, you will use it often
2. Consider and angled broom or one designed specifically for indoor use
3. You will also need a dustpan. Choose one that is easy to use and doesn't cause too much stress on your back.
4. Sweep often, daily if needed
5. Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust

6. Rugs should be used to cover high-traffic areas
7. Enact a no-shoe policy to reduce dirt being tracked in
8. Keep windows and doors closed during windy or dusty days
9. Create a no-beverage rule to cut down on wet spills
10. Mop up wet spills as soon as possible
11. Consider purchasing either a spatter mop or sponge mop
12. Never wet mop any hardwood floor. Standing water can damage the wood
13. Regularly clean wood floor with hardwood flooring cleaners
14. Never use oil based soap on unfinished or unsealed hardwood floors
15. Install floor protectors on furniture legs to prevent scratches
16. Lift furniture to move it
17. Never drag furniture across the floor
18. Avoid cleats, stiletto heals or any footwear in need of repair
19. Maintain proper humidity levels within your home if at all possible
20. Move rugs periodically if area is exposed to regular sunlight
21. Use a specialized cleaner and steel wool to clean water marks, heel marks, cigarette burns, ink stains and dark spots
22. To remove chewing gum and wax, apply a zipper-sealed bag filled with ice for 20 minutes, then break off deposits. Follow-up wood cleaner and steel wool treatment
23. Keep shades or blinds closed as often as possible to avoid discoloration
24. Apply liquid wax, powdered soap, talcum powder or powdered graphite between floor boards that are rubbing together to stop squeaks
25. Difficult squeaks may require that you drive two-inch finishing nails through pilot holes on both edges of the board then hide the hole with matching color putty or wax
26. Alcohol drips can be removed by rubbing the spot with liquid or paste wax
27. Polish your floor as the finish looks dull with a polisher, like the D.C. Polisher
28. Small scratches can be spot sanded, stained and refinished. Larger scratches may need more extensive re-work
29. Never use ammonia to clean hardwood floors
30. If your hardwood floor looks old and you cannot restore the luster with deep cleaning or by polishing, you may want to apply a maintenance coat

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