How to Clean Hardwood Floors Properly





A big task when owning a home is keeping up with the cleaning. A clean home is vital to your family’s health and wellbeing. But sometimes we ask ourselves, “are we are even cleaning in the correct and most effective way?” When it comes to hardwood floors, as homeowners we know these are a big investment and we want to make sure we are maintaining and protecting them the right way. Add this task to your cleaning to-do list, and read on for tips from MTOclean on how to clean hardwood floors properly.

Clean Hardwood Floors 101

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  • Daily Task: Dust & Sweep

A quick and painless job you can do daily to preserve your gorgeous floors is to dust or sweep. A good rule of thumb is to do this at night when most of your family is in bed. Microfiber mops are great because they don’t scratch and they pick up dirt effortlessly.

  • Weekly Task: Vacuum & Mop

When doing weekly cleanings of your hardwood floor, you need to pay attention to detail a bit more. Remember when using tools like a vacuum not to damage your floors when trying to reach those trouble areas. Be cautious of the vacuum’s wheels when maneuvering around rooms so you don’t damage the floor. When it comes to using a mop, avoid putting too much liquid on the floor. Just lightly spray your floor with the proper hardwood floor cleaner and that should get the job done. In this case, less is more.

  • Monthly Task: Polish

When you polish your floors you renew and refresh the finish that protects it. It is an excellent way to get rid of scratches and it evens out the floor’s protective sealant. Polishing is a very easy task that anyone can do. Plus, it doesn’t take much time, yet is crucial to your floor’s lifespan.

  • Yearly Task: Deep Clean

Your hardwood floors go through a lot. Consider giving them a deep clean every few years to really restore their beauty. That’s where MTOclean comes in! Our deep cleaning services remove any scuffs, scratches, and dings that have occurred over time. Our specialized equipment and professional cleaning team can uncover and protect the magnificence of your hardwood floors, making professional cleaning a necessity.

Other Tips:

  • Use the proper tools when cleaning your hardwood floors such as washable microfiber cloths and mop pads
  • Avoid using excessive amounts of soap, water or vinegar on your floors
  • High-traffic areas should be cleaned more often while other sectors can be cleaned less frequently
  • Placing rugs at entryways helps minimize the amount of dirt and dust to transfer onto your floors

And wallah! You have clean hardwood floors! Looking for more hardwood floor cleaning inspiration? Watch this quick How to Clean Hardwood Floors video by Kathleen Harris, Senior Editor at Real Simple magazine. MTOclean offers an extensive selection of tile and floor cleaning services. Our Personal Touch Service allows you to customize your cleaning plan and focus on what you need to make your home shine to your liking. Meet with an MTOclean professional to discuss your residential or commercial cleaning needs. To schedule a free in-person estimate today, contact your local MTOclean office!

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