You may have recently installed hardwood floors in your home or they were part of a home you acquired. If you've got hardwood flooring, then you realize just how much style, elegance and beauty they add to the room. They are also easier to maintain and clean when compared to other flooring such as carpeting. Hardwood floors are not impervious to stains completely, but they tend to be much easier to clean as they don't absorb stains like carpet. The latest version of these floors have polyurethane finishes, while the older hardwood floors had either an oil or wax finish. It's important to know which of those finishes your particular flooring has, so you can use the most appropriate products on the floor for cleaning.
Cleaning a hardwood floor is a very simple process. It involves a first step of simply sweeping up any dust or debris that may be on the floor. This can be done with a soft bristle broom, or even products like a Swiffer sweeper. After you've cleared up any dust and debris, you'll want to get a damp mop with bucket. Use the damp mop all over the floor to clean your floor. Don't use too much water as you don't want to damage the hardwood surface. In some instances, people use a mixture of vinegar and water on the floor, followed by some Pinesol to keep it smelling clean. Once you've finished with the mop on the floor, you may decide to just let the floor alone to dry, and then later buff the floor with a polish or wax for an extra clean finish.
It really doesn't get any easier than that when you go to clean your hardwood floors. Of course you will want to always refer to the manufacturers instructions for the particular type of flooring you have, just in case there are special instructions to follow. Another good idea may be to recommend that everyone removes footwear when entering your home, and that you keep pets out of the particular rooms with the hardwood floors. This will ensure you have to clean the floor less often and will also reduce your household chore load.