How to Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

All types of prefinished hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with any décor, whether modern, traditional, or country. Solid hardwood is more expensive, but it's susceptible to changes in humidity and isn't recommended for below-grade basements. But engineered hardwood is usually less expensive, more stable, and can be installed below grade.

At Stone and Tile, you can find a huge selection of prefinished engineered wood flooring that is available in a variety of wood species. Prefinished wood planks are easy to install, durable, and relatively low-maintenance. Still, they require constant care. Check out our tips on how to clean prefinished hardwood floors and follow them to ensure that their classic look and shiny finish will leave your rooms looking warm and comfortable.

How to Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Prefinished hardwood floors are one of the most popular options for homeowners these days. They are available in a wide range of styles, from traditional oak flooring to acacia, hickory, and maple. To maintain the sheen and make them remain intact for all years, such floors should be cleaned on a regular basis using the right cleaners and be protected from scratching as well.

The most important thing is regular sweeping, vacuuming, or dust mopping to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris. For best results, try to sweep or dry-mop your floor daily and pay attention to corners, nooks, and crannies. Microfiber mops work best for prefinished hardwood because microfiber is soft and positively charged, and it attracts negatively charged dust like a magnet. But if you sweep, you'd better choose a soft bristle brush, rather than a hard bristle one to prevent scratching. And if you use a vacuum, make sure it has a soft brush hard floor attachment, as opposed to the more abrasive types with the beater bar.

You should also deep clean your prefinished hardwood floors once in a while or monthly with a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer that is gentle on the finish and effective in dealing with dirt. When you damp mop with a recommended cleaner, remember to completely wring out the mop to avoid leaving the cleaner or water standing on the surface. You should also dry the floor surface with a dry towel.

Care and Maintenance: Quick Tips

  • Avoid spills and stains from drying out on your floor. Remove them immediately – it is easier and safer for the floor's finish.
  • Use rugs and mats, especially in high-traffic areas. Put them inside and outside each entrance to avoid tracking dirt, debris, water, and mud onto your floors.
  • Attach protective felt pads under the legs of your furniture to prevent scratching when things shift or get moved around.
  • Move your furniture around at least once a year, as this ensures that your floor will age evenly.
  • If you have pets, groom your furry friends by trimming their nails to avoid scratches and brushing to prevent hair from piling on the floor.
Looking for more tips on how to take care of different flooring materials? Check out our article on how to clean laminate floors.
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