11 27 pic 3 225x300 - When Cleaning Floors Gets MessyThe Internet, family suggestions, and new product advertisements can make it hard to know the best way to care for your floors! Properly caring for your floors while protecting them from dangerous products is important for good upkeep!

Here are the Basics for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

1.Dust mop, vacuum, or sweep the entire floor.

Running a product like a Swiffer over your floors everyday can help keep dust, pet hair, and dirt at bay and is gentle on your floors.

2. Use a damp microfiber cloth or pad to wipe the floors clean. Damp is key, there is no need to use a sopping wet mop on hardwood floors and doing so can damage them!

3. If you choose to use a cleaner, spray it onto the cloth rather than the floor itself.

4.Clean the entire floor, rinsing the cleaning cloth often.

Regular dust mopping and sweeping will make it unnecessary to regularly use harsh cleaners on your flooring. If you do need to use a floor cleaning solution, one great product is Bona’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Don’t use a product that is considered professional grade, as they are meant to be applied under special circumstances by trained professionals with professional tools. Professional grade products may damage your floors.

Other popular remedies like a mixture of vinegar and water can eventually damage the finish of your hardwood floors since vinegar is very acidic. This will necessitate your entire floor being sanded and refinished to fix the damage.

Waxes and polishes do not adhere well to the polyurethane coating which was used to seal your hardwood floors. They may initially make your floors shiny, but the product will build up over time, leaving you with a sticky residue on your flooring that traps dirt. This is another product that may cause you to need to refinish your flooring to undo the damage.11 22 pic 6 225x300 - When Cleaning Floors Gets Messy

Get professional help if you have damaged flooring or if you feel like your floors need more than a simple cleaning. Trained professionals can assess the problem and either properly clean the floors or sand and refinish them, restoring their initial luster and shine.