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How to Clean Hardwood Flooring

How to Clean Hardwood Flooring

Caring for your hardwood floors is an important part of making them look their best throughout time. To properly care for your flooring, you must be mindful of the products and practices you use to clean your floors.

The steps to maintaining clean gleaming hardwood floors are:

  • Dusting; This is a safe and effective way to keep your wood floors clean. Dusting debris off of your floors keeps the dirt build-up to a minimum! Some tools you can use to safely remove dust and debris from your flooring is a vacuum cleaner with a specialty attachment such as an upholstery attachment - do not use sharp or harsh vacuum attachments, using hard bristles can scratch the wood, causing damage to your flooring. For a deeper clean, you can use a soft-bristled brush for those small, hard to reach crevices.
  • Remove Sticky Spots and Spills Immediately; As soon as you notice a spill or sticky residue on your floors, remove them immediately with a damp cloth. If a spill is left alone, it can cause permanent stains. You should always dry up spilled water, coffee, wine, and other liquids immediately. If the finish is worn or damaged, you should get it treated as soon as possible. It only gets worse with time. 
  • Avoid using damaging cleaning products; Understanding your wood flooring is very important when properly maintaining your floors. You must identify if your wood floors are finished or not. 
  • Finished Wood Vs. Natural Unfinished Wood - If you place a few droplets of water onto the wood floor in an inconspicuous place, wait a few minutes, if the droplets remain on the surface of the floor, your wood is finished. If the droplets dissolve, your wood floors are most likely unfinished, or the woods seal has been worn out.

    What to use to clean hardwood floors without damaging them?

    A quick tip to remember when shopping for your hardwood cleaner is to always opt for natural cleaning solutions! Chemical-based wood floor cleaners contain an endless list of harmful ingredients such as Ammonium, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Phthalates, and more! These toxic chemicals found in typical floor cleaners can cause mild to severe health concerns. 

    Unfinished Hardwood Floors -  After dusting your hardwood floors, you may use begin to clean your floors with a lightly moistened mop head. It is important not to overly moisten your unfinished wood because excess water can warp or stain your floors. 

    A homemade floor cleaner you can safely mop your floors with is diluted white vinegar. This homemade natural floor sanitizer is made with 1 cup of white distilled vinegar, diluted with 1 gallon of water.

    Finished or Sealed Hardwood Floors - After dusting, mop floors with method’s natural, non-toxic Wood Floor Cleaner. The naturally-derived ingredients in this hardwood floor cleaner are scientifically proven to remove dirt and grime while leaving your floor gleaming! All you have to do is, squirt a thin layer of the cleaner onto the floor then wipe with a cloth or dry floor mop. No rinsing required!

    Buy method’s natural, non-toxic wood floor cleaner in Canada -

    Even though these cleaners are safe to use in the home and for the environment, it is important to always test these floor cleaners in an inconspicuous place on your floors to ensure your floors’ compatibility and tolerance.

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