Cleaning our hardwood floors is a task most Bellevue homeowners do not eagerly anticipate. But hardwoods floors are a major investment, so proper cleaning and maintenance is important in order to keep them in top condition.
Aside from regular maintenance however, hardwood floors need a thorough cleaning every couple of months in order to keep dust, dirt, and grime from scratching their surfaces. Here are 7 simple steps to deep cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors.
1. Move Furniture
To properly clean the entire surface, all furniture should moved to a different part of the house. Placing furniture pads underneath the heavier pieces of furniture will both protect your hardwood from scratching during the process and make it easier to move your belongings to make way for your cleaning project.
Make a quick pass over the room with a broom or vacuum to pick up any loose hair, dirt, or dust that may be scattered across your floor. This will make it easier to get your hardwood flooring completely clean once you start mopping. Kick off your shoes to avoid tracking in more dust or soil.
3. Determine Hardwood
If you are unfamiliar with the kind of hardwood in your home, it is important to determine the kind of flooring you have before proceeding with the cleaning. Some brands of hardwood only need to be cleaned with a little soap and water, while others will be damaged if water is used to clean their surfaces. Determine the kind of hardwood you have before purchasing any kind of cleaner and proceeding with the next steps. If you need help, contact our hardwood flooring provider team in Bellevue.
4. Prepare Cleaner
For newer hardwood coatings, like polyurethane, urethane, and polyacrylic, a bucket of water and a small squirt of dishwashing soap will be all the cleaner you’ll need. Other forms of hardwood flooring sealants, like shellac, varnish, and lacquer, require special solvent-based cleaners to protect their surfaces. Follow any instructions given on the package when preparing a special hardwood floor cleaner.
5. Mop Floors
Wet your mop in the cleaner and then wring it out until it is only slightly damp. Too much liquid left in the mop could damage the surface of your hardwood, so be sure your mop does not drip excess water. When mopping, push and pull the mop gently along the grain of the hardwood for a thorough, even cleaning.
6. Buff Floors
After you have finished mopping your floors, grab a soft, clean rag and lightly buff the surface of your hardwood to remove any smears potentially left over by the cleaning agent. Cloth diapers are great for completing this step. Work your way out towards a door, being careful not to back yourself into a corner. This will leave your floors looking clean and shiny.
Rinse the mop and bucket of any dirt and grime before storing. Once the floors are dry, you can return your furniture to its original location. If your hardwood floors still don’t look clean, there may be a few reasons why:
- Scratches and scuffs: If a simple cleaning won’t take care of the scratches or scuffs in your hardwood, it may be time for a hardwood floor refinishing by a Bellevue flooring company.
- Warped and old: Some hardwoods have experienced too much wear to be restored with a simple cleaning. If water damage or excessive use as left your hardwood floors looking haggard and old, it may be time for new hardwood floors.
If your hardwood flooring still looks dirty and dull after following these 7 steps, it may mean that it’s time for new hardwood flooring. At Carpet To Go, we provide a number of choice hardwood floors to customers throughout Bellevue at great, affordable prices. To learn more about your hardwood flooring options, feel free to contact us by giving us a call or filling out our contact form.