No other flooring matches the charm and elegance of polished hardwood. But your hardwood needs regular cleaning to maintain its pristine appearance. Still, some cleaning mistakes can end up permanently ruining your floor’s look.
To prevent this, we have discussed common mistakes to avoid when cleaning hardwood floors. It’ll help you clean your floors more effectively and prevent any harm to them.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid
⇒ Using Excess Moisture
Homeowners end up cleaning their floors with a soaking wet mop, which leads to issues like water stains and floor warping. It happens because wood absorbs water and swells.
You can prevent this by slightly damping your mop with water instead of saturating it. Then, wring it thoroughly to remove the liquid before using it again. These small steps can protect your hardwood floors from damage in the future.
⇒ Cleaning with Abrasive Tools
Another mistake you should avoid when cleaning hardwood floors is using any abrasive tool on your flooring. Tools like steel brushes, steel wool, and others can cause long-lasting damage to your floor’s finish.
Instead of abrasive tools, use microfiber mops, cloths, and sponges to prevent scratches and other damage to your flooring.
⇒ Letting Spills Sit
Letting spills sit on your hardwood floor is a mistake that can have long-lasting consequences. It can result in moisture seeping into the floorboards and causing them to swell.
So, treat the spills as soon as they happen by placing a clean microfiber cloth on them. Wipe away the spill and treat the area with an appropriate cleaner to prevent staining.
⇒ Applying Harsh Chemicals
You cannot use any cleaner on your wood floors. Some of them may contain harmful chemicals that can leave your wood floor looking dull and drab. So avoid using any cleaners containing a mixture of vinegar and ammonia, bleach, and glass cleaner.
Instead, use a simple solution of water and vinegar or a specialized wood floor cleaner for the job. It’ll prevent lasting damage and protect your floors from discoloration and staining.
⇒ Not Trimming Pet Nails
Your furry friend may unknowingly cause significant damage to your precious wood floor. The most deadly tools in these are the sharp nails of your canine or feline friend.
To prevent this, you should trim your pet’s nails occasionally and also groom them thoroughly to avoid musty odor. These efforts will be good for your pets as well as your wood floors.
⇒ Steam Cleaning
Steam cleaning may not work as effectively on wood floors compared to carpets. The moisture used in steam cleaning is harmful to wood floors and can result in water stains and denting.
Instead, you should get your hardwood floors deep cleaned by experts from TNT Carpet Care. First, we vacuum and mop your floors and then use our advanced equipment to remove dirt and stains from your floor.
Our cleaning is error-free and leaves your hardwood floor looking spotless once again. Contact us at (619) 208-2708 to book our service.