How to clean prefinished hardwood floors

mopping prefinished hardwood floors

Prefinished hardwood floors are a popular flooring option for many homeowners due to their durability, beauty, and ease of installation. However, like any other type of flooring, they require regular cleaning to maintain their appearance and extend their lifespan. Here are some tips on how to clean prefinished hardwood floors effectively.

Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly

One of the easiest ways to keep your prefinished hardwood floors clean is to sweep or vacuum them regularly. This will remove dirt, dust, and other debris that can scratch or damage the surface of the flooring. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with a hardwood floor attachment to avoid scratching the finish. One option our customers like is the Swiffer Sweepers. They are quick and pick up a lot of dust and dog hair.

Use a damp mop

While sweeping or vacuuming can remove surface dirt and debris, it may not be enough to remove stubborn stains or grime. In such cases, using a damp mop can be an effective cleaning method. However, it’s important to use a mop that is only damp and not wet to avoid damaging the flooring. Avoid using excessive amounts of water or harsh chemicals as these can cause the finish to wear down over time.

Use a pH-neutral cleaner

When using a cleaner on prefinished hardwood floors, it’s important to choose a pH-neutral option that is specifically designed for use on hardwood floors. These cleaners are gentle on the finish and won’t strip away the protective layer. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and avoid using any products that contain ammonia, bleach, or other harsh chemicals. We like the Bona products.

A cleaner is considered high in pH if it has a pH level greater than 7. A pH level measures the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a scale from 0 to 14. Solutions with a pH level of 0 to 6.9 are considered acidic, while solutions with a pH level of 7 are neutral, and solutions with a pH level of 7.1 to 14 are alkaline or basic.

Cleaners can be high in pH if they contain alkaline substances, such as sodium hydroxide (also known as lye), potassium hydroxide, or ammonia. These substances can break down and dissolve oils and grease, making them effective for cleaning surfaces that have heavy buildup of dirt and grime. However, using high-pH cleaners on surfaces that are not designed to withstand them can cause damage, such as discoloration or etching.

Clean up spills immediately

Spills and stains can happen, even with the most careful of homeowners. It’s important to clean up spills immediately to avoid them seeping into the hardwood flooring and causing damage. Use a soft, absorbent cloth to blot up any spills as soon as possible, and avoid using abrasive cleaning tools or harsh chemicals that can damage the finish.

Avoid excessive moisture

While it’s important to keep prefinished hardwood floors clean, it’s also important to avoid exposing them to excessive moisture. This can cause the wood to expand, buckle, or warp, which can lead to expensive repairs. Avoid using steam cleaners, wet mops, or excessive amounts of water when cleaning prefinished hardwood floors.

In conclusion, prefinished hardwood floors can add beauty and value to any home, but they require regular cleaning and maintenance to keep them looking their best. By following these tips, you can keep your floors looking great for years to come.

Refinishing prefinished floors

If you are in the need to refinish your prefinished floors, contact Creative Flooring Solutions today. Most prefinished floors can be sanded, stained and sealed to look like new.

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