How to Clean Hardwood Without Damaging it

Cleaning hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are loved by the nation – they’re one of the most popular floor options out there. They’re loved for their long life, aesthetics, warm homely feel, and their easy cleaning and maintenance. Hardwood floors are extremely durable and can last decades if looked after well. Everyone has an opinion on the most efficient way to clean the floors, which means it can be difficult to decide which option is best for you. We have compiled the best way for you to clean and maintain your hardwood floors.

Removing dirt and debris

The first step to cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors is removing any dirt and debris that may be lying around. If your dog or children have dragged mud and dirt through the house, don’t worry – with hard floors it can be cleaned up with ease. Dirt and debris can act like sandpaper, if not removed it can scratch the floor. Hoovering and sweeping regularly can help to prevent this, areas with higher traffic should be swept more often as dirt can appear at an increased pace, leading to a higher risk of scratching.

Cleaning Hardwood Floor

Cleaning up spillages

Spilt something? No worries, hardwood floor is very durable and can take a spilt drink or other liquid – it can be mopped up with ease in seconds. The only thing that you should keep in mind is that most of the hardwood floorings have a top coat to protect the flooring. Substances like wine, milk or coffee should be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any possible damage. If your floor is new then it isn’t as much of a problem, however, if your floor is older and has some damage already, then wipe spills up quickly to prevent further damage.

What chemicals to use when cleaning your floor

As mentioned before, mopping a hardwood floor is easy and very efficient, but knowing what chemicals to use on your floor isn’t. Certain chemicals can damage or even remove the top coating on the floor, the main chemical to avoid is ammonia. Ammonia will discolour and deteriorate the flooring, taking years off its life. Many people recommend warm water and vinegar, which some say works amazingly, however, we’d recommend that you stick to the specialised shop brought cleaner. This is because it’s a specific, speciality cleaner that will work with your floor. When purchasing the chemicals make sure that it’s right for your floor, contact a specialist to see what’s best for you and your floor.

We always recommend when deciding on chemicals that you contact a specialist to ask what’s best for you. This will hugely benefit you and prevent you using a harmful chemical on your hardwood floor.

We hope you found this blog piece useful and informative if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.