Wooden flooring looks fantastic in any room in the home – most people have at least one room in their home which has hardwood flooring. And then there are those of us who love it so much we’ve had wood put down as flooring in every room in our house.
It’s smart, durable and easy to keep clean on a regular basis. But what if you want to do a deep clean every now and again? Well, here’s the easy way to go about it:
Getting rid of toughened grime
It’s a good idea to give your wooden flooring a deep clean every six months or so. Leave it a year and it will be twice as difficult to remove stubborn marks such as dirt, oil and grease. No matter how often you regularly clean your floor, dirt and grime does build up and needs a specially-formulated cleaner together with some elbow grease to really get it looking shiny and new again. And anyway, you’ll want it to continue to look great when friends and the rest of the family come to visit…
Chemical cleaner. Before buying a deep cleaning product, always check that it’s ok to use on your particular brand and type of hardwood floor. If the person who is selling the cleaning product can’t tell you whether or not it’s appropriate for your wooden flooring then go direct to the manufacturer’s website and check there.
And, if you can’t find a wooden flooring cleaner, don’t be tempted to use a cleaner for vinyl flooring or floor tiles instead. The last thing you want to do is damage your flooring in any way – especially when your intention is to do the opposite ie have it looking great.
Mop and bucket. Once you have chosen your wood floor cleaning product simply pour it into a bucket of hot water, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Take a mop, dip it in then ring out and start wiping. It’s important to get most of the water off the mop before you start cleaning as the last thing you’ll want is puddles of water sitting on the wood for a while.
Depending on which particular cleaning product you are using you may have to go over the floor a second time using just water to rinse off the chemical residue.
Dry ASAP. Try not to leave your hardwood flooring wet for too long as wood doesn’t work well with water (especially if your flooring has a lacquered or varnished finish). If it gets soaked, for instance, damage can be the result. So, in order to get the floor dried quicker, depending on the time of year, either put on the central heating or open the windows and let the fresh air in.
How to get rid of particularly stubborn stains
Everyday scuff marks and scratches. These can generally be rubbed away using a damp sponge with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda on it.
Pet urine. Most of us have pets these days and, sometimes accidents happen. Regardless of whether it’s dog or cat urine – or even a hamster or house rabbit – the best thing to do is rub the mark with a fine grade steel wool cleaner. Next, polish the area with a soft cloth which has been dipped in floor oil (the colour of which is similar to that of your flooring).
If this doesn’t work then go in harder by pouring one tablespoon of vinegar over the mark and leaving it to soak in for around an hour. Rinse with a damp cloth and once again polish with floor oil.
Oily mark. Washing up liquid is good to use on this since it will help to break up the oil. Just put the washing up liquid onto a clean cloth and rub in. You can then rinse the area with a clean dipped in warm water. Keep doing this until eventually the area is completely clean.
For extra stubborn stains white vinegar can be employed after the area has been sanded and cleaned using fine grade steel wool. As a final touch buff the floor oil that matches your wood.
Note: Oil shouldn’t be used on a new wood flooring which has been sealed with a polyurethane coating. These won’t stain and are resistant to water, but they will become very slippery with oil. Slide your finger along the surface and if there’s no mark, the wood has been sealed.
Tips for preventing wooden flooring becoming dirty
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and the same goes for keeping your hardwood floors clean.
Floor mats. Placed both inside and out a main door at the front and back of the house, floor mats can make sure a lot of the dirt doesn’t get near your floorboards in the first place. Certainly, most loose dirt will come off when boots are shaken and stubborn muck can simply be wiped clean.
A makeshift seat. To encourage the family and visitors to remove their boots and shoes during the wet winter months, provide a seat beside the door. Leave a cloth or towel here too
so that any puddles of water can quickly be wiped up before damaging the wooden flooring.
Rugs in play areas. Children sitting around playing with toys can leave scratches and scuffs on wooden flooring. To stop this put down a large rug they can sit on to play. It will be warmer and more comfortable for them anyway so you shouldn’t have to do much persuasion on this score.
Be insistent. There’s nothing wrong with asking visitors to remove their shoes at the door because you don’t want your wooden floors damaged. Most people will understand this – and women wearing stilettos and other high heels should do this automatically anyway. That’s because heels can cause small indents in the wood.
Regularly cleaning wooden flooring
Once or twice a week is fine to keep your hardwood floors looking good. Simply run over with a dust mop or broom. This will get rid of pet hairs, dropped pieces of cereal and other annoying and finicky little items that end up on your kitchen flooring and in other rooms.
These days you can also use a vacuum on your wooden floors. Just make sure you turn the head to the wooden flooring attachment, otherwise you might end up scratching the wood – something you definitely don’t want to do.
Cleaning your floor naturally
If you aren’t a fan of chemical cleaners or are allergic to them in some way, then you can always user natural cleaning agents. This tends to be items you can find in your food cupboards, such as bicarbonate of soda or distilled (white) vinegar, for instance. Just add half a cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm
water and mop (although do a patch test first in an out-of-the-way area).
Get in touch today!
For more cleaning tips or to take a look at the wide choice of wooden flooring we have on offer here at Moor Floors, then pop over to our website www.moorfloorsltd.co.uk today. You can also call us, tel: 01202 590922.