Hardwood floors are gorgeous and a great choice for residential flooring. But you do need to keep in mind that there are specific hardwood cleaning products to avoid to help keep your floors looking brand new. Using the wrong products can scratch, stain, or even destroy your hardwood floor over time.
Depending on what kind of debris you are vacuuming it can cause damage to your hardwood floor. Make sure you are checking the wheels to make sure the wheels and bars are not scratching the floor. Consider using a broom and dust pan is you are hesitant in using a vacuum.
Wet mopes can leave too much water on the flooring allowing the grime and moisture to be absorbed by the wood boards. Instead of using a wet mop, vacuum the floor and use a microfiber mop to clean the grime off your floors.
Say no to steam. Steam on your hardwood floors can lead to moisture retention and warping within your floors. Steam is known to be worse than a mop since it isn’t just sitting on top of the boards. It has also been known to cause the wood to discolor, peel and flake. Instead, try a wood floor cleaning solution and a little elbow grease.
You need to be very diligent when looking into what cleaning products are safe for your hardwood flooring. Ammonia and bleach are two that products that should never be put onto your wood floors. We also don’t recommend that polish is used. While you may enjoy the shiny look when finished, it won’t last long. After it loses the shine, a waxy looking floor will be left behind.
You can never go wrong with a damp cloth (microfiber is great) with warm water to clean.
If you have any additional questions what hardwood cleaning products you should avoid, contact us today and our professional flooring team will be there to help.