Sweeping the floors once a day or every other day will make sure no loose dirt, dust, or other contaminants are rolling around. Mopping every week is highly recommended. Microfiber head mops are designed to gather dust and grime efficiently. Use a quality floor cleaner while mopping and make sure that you drain the mop thoroughly because wood floors can get damaged from excess water! Weekly or bi-weekly vacuuming is also a great maintenance option, just remember to use the brush extension so as not to scratch the hardwood!
Choosing the Right Hardwood Floor Cleaner
If you still have the manufacturer’s instructions for your floor maintenance, be sure to check what types of floor cleaning products they recommend. If the floors are a bit older, make sure that the products you use are not meant for other types of materials besides wood. Products made for cleaning vinyl or tile can contain harsher chemicals that could damage wood floors. In general, Greenguard Gold Certified products are safe to use in homes and around pets or children.
If there’s a stain on your hardwood floors, the first thing you should think about is what type of finish the floor has. If the floor has a hard finish, such as urethane, a soft, clean cloth should be enough to remove spills and stains. For older floors with soft oil finishes, it’s possible to use steel wool and floor wax to remove pet stains and heel marks. Oil-based stains should come off with a soft rag and dish soap.