With a reputation for being durable and easy to maintain, hard floorings have always been at the top of the list of go to floorings in people’s homes. As well as having endless colours, styles, sizes etc, they also tolerate a lot of wear; spills, scuffs, and pet scratches amongst other things! But you can also scratch and dull your floors if you don’t clean and maintain them properly or regularly. To keep your floors looking their best, follow these simply tips on how to clean your floors like a pro.
How often do I need to clean my hardwood floors?
The best way to keep your floors clean and looking their best is to maintain a regular routine with it. Sweeping and vacuuming your floors regularly will save time in the long run and make it less of a daunting task when you do come to do a deeper clean. As general rule of thumb, hardwood floors should be swept every few days, vacuumed weekend and deep cleaned everyone one or two months depending on how much daily use your floors get.
So, what will I need to clean?
Ok so how do I do this?
For a quick everyday maintenance, use a broom or micro fibre dust mop to pick up dust, dirt and crumbs that accumulate in your house throughout the day. This will help prevent your floors from scratching when it comes to mopping. If you have a static mop, try our microfibre mop heads! They fit all standard mops.
Clean up Spills as they happen. If you let spillages dry up on the floor they’ll dull the finish and attract even more dust. Blot spill immediately with a sponge or mop. If you come across a spot that needs a bit more aggression because it’s dried, quickly touch up with a dampened microfibre cloth and wipe away. This cloth is ideal as theres no abrasiveness so won’t run the risk of scratching your floors.
Vacuum every few days. Depending on the traffic in your home, whether it’s from the pitter patter of little feet or furry paws you really should try to vacuum every few days.
If you notice dirt, grime, spillages that can’t be swept or vacuumed or have got into the grooves in between your plants, it’s time for the deeper clean. There a few options you can choose from when it comes to mops. For example, you can go with a spray mop which has the flooring solution ready at the trigger, or a wringing bucket with hot water to really give a deep clean. Both have their pros and cons, but if you want the deepest clean we would recommend a wringing bucket.
Another way of mopping is also getting your favourite floor cleaner, spraying it on a small surface area of the flooring, waiting for it to dissolve any dirt and wipe away with a microfibre mop. The method of mopping is completely up to you!
Dirt isn’t always the main culprit. When you move furniture or wear shoes indoors, you may notice scuffs on your floors. Luckily the can easily be rubbed away with a little elbow grease.
To remove a light scuff, buff it out with a microfibre cloth or soft sponge.
To remove heavier scuffs, apply baking soda to a light abrasive sponge like our easy grip sponge cleaner and gently rub the mark until it disappears. Wipe away with a paper towel and buffer using a microfibre cloth.