Hardwood floors are stylish and beautiful but they only stay that way if cleaned regularly and properly.
This can be trickier than it first appears—not because it’s difficult but because there are so many different types of wood and finishes that it can be challenging to find the approach that best matches your specific floor setup. However, there are several tips that can be offered that will work wonderfully on any type of hardwood flooring in Vaughan regardless of which tree it came from.
The #1 Rule
The best way to learn about how to clean a hardwood floor is to ask the professional who installed it since they will be the most knowledgeable about which cleaning agents and techniques are best suited for the task. This is not always possible, however, especially in older houses where the floors might have been installed by previous generations. Still, if you ever have the opportunity to learn directly from the provider, don’t be afraid to take advantage. At Chestnut flooring we’ve got loads of expert advice that we’re happy to share in order to help you keep your floors beautiful.
Dusting and Sweeping
You can use a traditional broom or a microfiber mop/cloth for regular dusting and sweeping duties. When using a microfiber mop, it’s important to remember not to lift the head off the floor until you’re done since they rely on static electricity to attract dirt and particles. Establishing a routine where you dust or sweep every day or two will offer the best defence when preventing damage to your Vaughan hardwood flooring.
Water and wood—even sealed wood—do not mix well, so always use a damp mop rather than a truly wet one. If an area needs serious attention, a damp cloth or sponge can give the targeted force you desire. When mopping, move in the direction of the wood grain and replace the water in the bucket when it dirties. A light misting with hardwood cleaner can go a long way. Try to avoid using water and vinegar mixtures (they can dull the finish), soap-based cleansers or wax cleaners (both can leave residue), or steam cleaners (the heat can cause cupping).
The finish of a hardwood floor affects some of the options you have when cleaning and how vigilant you need to be with regular maintenance. There are three broad types of finishes that you will most likely need to consider when cleaning your Vaughan hardwood flooring.
Types of Finishes
Engineered or Laminate
Both types should be treated with a quick sweep, dust, or vacuuming a few times per week. You can use a damp mop so long as water is kept minimal. Avoid wax and any “mop and shine” products since these can all leave films. Spills need to be cleaned up as soon as possible.
This is more common in older hardwood floors but it is still something you may come across. Wax-sealed floors have the same considerations as engineered or laminated ones but also need to be buffed periodically to keep up the shine. Once or twice per year, when the wax starts to build up and the lustre fades, the floor will need to be stripped and the wax reapplied.
Modern floors are often sealed with urethane and should never be waxed since it can both damage the finish and possible void your warranty, if any. Stick to dry mops rather than damp ones if possible. Urethane is more scratch-resistant than wax so you have less to worry about when vacuuming, but they are still possible.