Caring for your hardwood floor is really no secret. Just follow these simple steps.
- Use a dry mop or microfiber mop to sweep the floor. Keep a mop dedicated for this job stashed away in the pantry or laundry room for daily sweeping. When using a dry mop, sweep in an S pattern and walk backward. This will eliminate retracing your steps.
- If you choose to vacuum, use a floor attachment designed for hardwood flooring.
- Heavy duty cleaning or light cleaning? A damp microfiber mop will handle most light weight jobs. Do this as needed. A steamer is ideal for high traffic areas and deep cleanings. Put it on your weekly or monthly schedule.
- Pay special attention to the entrance of your home. Dirt, mud, rain, pets…they all come in from outside. The kitchen floor, especially around the sink, will also see a tremendous amount of traffic.
- In front of your refrigerator and other kitchen appliances will also see some heavy foot traffic. There will be spills from the water/ice machines. Pulling food and drink from the refrigerator can also fall onto the floor. Consider investing in an attractive, heavy duty floor mat that will protect this area.
- As for the lightly traveled areas of your hardwood floor, a quick dry mop should do it. You may want to damp mop from time to time.
- Use cleaning products that are specifically designated for hardwood flooring. Sometimes, hot water is really all you need. If you do choose to use a floor cleaner, follow the directions on the bottle precisely.