How to Clean and Maintain Your Hardwood Floor

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Hardwood Floor

How to clean a hardwood floor

Once installed, your hardwood floor will look beautiful, but time, stains, traffic, and spills will take their toll.  So, you need a short course on how to take proper care of your floor, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

We want you to know everything about hardwood maintenance because the more you know, you’ll be able to keep your floor looking new.

Wood is a natural, beautiful, and timeless décor and design element.

Consistent and proper maintenance will ensure it remains that way.

Entrances Are Your First Line of Defense

Place area mats at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in.

These tiny particles act like sandpaper scratching your floor.

Avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can potentially damage your floor. Instead, use mats or rugs made specifically for hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly.

In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.

Invest in These Tools

  • Buy a high-quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up dirt, dust, and other particles.
  • A vacuum cleaner, without a beater bar, can be significantly helpful in between planks and other hard to reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, mopping with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.

Keep in Mind These Cleaning Tips

Cleaning techniques differ depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor.

For both site-finished and prefinished hardwood floors, we recommend using an terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning under cabinets, corners, and along baseboards an easy task.

Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.

We recommend Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner to maintain your hardwood floors.

All floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed.

A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in cleaning occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be removed with a damp towel or sponge.

Do not use ammonia-based cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will affect the ability to recoat your floor later.

Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop your hardwood floor or use excessive water. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.

Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.

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    Know This about Deep Cleaning

    Even daily cleaning can miss key areas of your hardwood floors. A professional deep clean can remove the toughest stains and ground-in dirt and grime.

    We recommend using the Bona Deep Clean System once per year to maintain the beauty of your hardwood floors. The Bona Certified Craftsmen from Southern Woods can deep clean your hardwood floors to safely protect your valuable investment.

    There’s no need to vacate your home because no harsh chemicals are used. You don’t even have to move your furniture. The Bona Deep Clean System is fast and affordable.

    Recoating Your Floors

    If your floor is showing excessive wear beyond normal cleaning, you may consider screening and recoating.

    Screening is the process used to abrade the polyurethane finish that is currently on the wooden floor. Then, fresh coats of urethane are applied. Screening and recoating will rejuvenate and prolong the lifespan of your hardwood floor.

    If the damage to the floor is severe and has gone through the stain of the boards down to the bare wood, you can sand and refinish.

    This should only be done if a screening and recoating do not solve the problem. This is an extensive process where the floor is sanded down to the bare wood, restained, and then refinished.

    If the damage is only in a small area, you may want to see if replacement boards are available to alleviate having to refinish an entire area.

    Finally, Protect Against Time, Sun, and Traffic

    All hardwood floors will fade, darken, or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process.

    Window treatments are recommended, as well as rotating area rugs and furniture regularly to allow floors to age evenly from UV exposure.

    Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage. Take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.

    Stiletto heels can cause dents and scratches that are not covered by your warranty. Love your pet, but regularly trim their nails or claws to avoid scratches on the hardwood floor. The point here is to be cautious of sharp objects that may scratch or damage the floor.

    A hardwood floor of beauty and pride can be yours today, and tomorrow if you know how to care for it right from the start, clean it on a regular basis and schedule professional maintenance when that is called for.

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