How-to: Clean Hardwood Floors

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Those beautiful, creamy, shiny, gorgeous hardwood floors are a wonder, aren’t they? So natural and connected to the earth, but sleek enough to complement modern architecture, too. They look the best (obviously) when they are taken care of, but these aren’t skills any of us are born with. We must learn how to clean hardwood floors, which is why we’ve rounded up some resources on this very subject for you.

Aol’s fabulous blog ShelterPop has one of the best “Dos and Don’ts” list of what to do with this flooring type, with such important dos as: contact your floor manufacturer for the best cleaning product for your floor,  sweep daily,  mop weekly and aim for consistent maintenance (not just when things start looking rough). Of course you want to also stay away from various don’ts, like: using dreaded rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs or allowing stiletto heel users and pets to do damage that’s often not covered by flooring warranties.

This great post has a ton more dos and don’ts you’re going to want to check out, and they even break the rules down by what kind of hardwood floor you have (like sealed or unsealed)–so you might want to start there! With spring on the way, now’s the perfect time to revamp some of your existing materials in your home to give it a fresh look!

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  1. Professional Hardwood Services

    Jul 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    The floor is among the most important parts of a building structure. Foot traffic can be damaging especially to hardwood flooring. Others might opt for linoleum or concrete while others prefer hardwood flooring, the important thing is that you know how to maintain and take care of it.

  2. Ashliegh

    Mar 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Laminate floors are easy to maintain with the right products. One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming that because of laminate’s durability, it’s okay to use water or steam mops to clean, but this is not the case. The best thing to use are sprays that are made just for that !

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