Hardwood floors add timelessness to a home. They simultaneously create an air of character, warmth, and style. But unfortunately, they aren't the most low-maintenance floor material when it comes to cleaning.
There are tons of high-chemical cleaners lining the aisles of grocery stores that seem to get the job done in one fell swoop. But ingredients in those products, like ammonia, chlorine, and phosphates, can be harsh on the environment — and your family's health. It's better for you, your home, and our planet to go with a natural floor cleaner that's effective and gentle.
As far as filling up a bucket with water and a squirt of dish soap, hang on to your mops for a few minutes. The traditional hot, soapy water method of mopping isn't always the best practice for hardwood floors. Water and wood go together as well as cats and dogs… They just don't get along.
If water stands on hardwood floors for too long, it can get into the cracks and lead to warping and bending of the floors. While you do technically have to get the floors wet to clean them, you'll want to find a method that allows for them to dry quickly, resulting in a lower chance of damage.
Before you start cleaning, you need to know what type of finish your hardwoods have. Different finishes call for different cleaning methods.
To clean them, just sweep or vacuum to pick up any hair and dust. Next, fill up a bucket with warm water and squeeze in a small amount of natural dish soap to mop. A quarter cup of soap in a bucket of water is the perfect amount.
Make sure you wring the mop out completely so it's only mildly damp — you don't want it to be soaking wet.
You can clean these with a natural multi-surface cleaner. This will gently remove any marks or spills, without resulting in damage to the floors.
Cleaners with strong, synthetic chemicals might seem like the tougher approach to getting clean floors, but these can actually harm the wood and finish.
It's still best to choose eco-friendly cleaning products for laminate floors to keep harmful chemicals away from your home and family. You can either use a natural multi-surface cleaner or mop with natural dish soap-infused water.
Stay away from synthetic cleaners with ingredients you've never heard of or that are hard to pronounce.
The only way to clean this type of finished hardwood is with a premium liquid or paste wax. Clean unfinished floors using the same method.
Using water-based cleaners on these types of floors can cause irreparable damage, so stick to the wax method.
In between cleaning days, it's smart to take care of your hardwood floors to protect them from lasting damage. Take a look at these simple tactics for keeping your floors in prime condition.
Using Puracy Natural Dish Soap or Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner to spruce up your hardwood floors will not only maintain the integrity of their condition, but also benefit your family's health and the environment.
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