Handy Tips For Cleaning
Wood And Laminate Flooring
How to clean wood and laminate flooring is
a question that we often get asked. For some reason many people avoid wood
flooring because they think it is too difficult to keep clean. This actually
couldn’t be further from the truth. Wood and laminate floors are perfect for
people with allergies and easy to keep clean.
A clean floor begins with everyday
maintenance. No matter how well you may clean, it’s the wear and tear you
put on your floor on a daily basis that makes the most difference to wood
and laminate floors. Some wood and laminate surfaces can scratch easily, so
use area rugs in heavy traffic areas. Avoid walking on your hardwood
floors in shoes whenever possible. Taking your shoes off at the front door
can make a big difference.
The tendency to scratch also leads to a
second tip. To remove loose dust
and dirt, use a broom with soft bristles. Use a dust mop. There are several kinds of dust mops available now that use soft dry
cloths and they are ideal for wood and laminate floors.
Personally we use the Allersearch Allerdust and an old tee shirt to clean
Not surprisingly, water can be the primary
enemy for wood floors. If water seeps in between the boards, it can cause
them to warp and seams pop. Water can also stain some wood and even laminate surfaces
if they get too wet.
Never allow water to settle or remain for very long. Wipe
it up as quickly as possible to prevent lasting damage.
One of our customers suggested washing your floors with a vinegar
and water mixture
using a soft cloth instead of a traditional mop. She said you can get your
floor clean without fear of scratching or damaging the surface by getting
too much water on the flooring. She used a
t-handle and rags.
You need to apply a polish every so often to keep your
hardwood floors looking shiny
and new. There are several products on the market, so investigate all your
options and choose one that is made specifically for wood and laminate
floors. Also make sure everybody knows when you wax the floor. Years ago I
had a nasty fall because of socks an a newly waxed floor.
It can seem intimidating but
it’s really a very simple process. If you go about it correctly, you’ll have
beautiful floors that are dirt and allergen free, for a house that not only
looks good but is healthy as well. Carpet really is a bad thing for people
Don’t assume that wood or laminate floors
are too high maintenance for your home. Even in busy households, it is
possible to maintain beautiful floors with just a few
quick cleaning tips. So enjoy the flooring you’ve always wanted and don’t
stress about keeping it clean, it’s much easier than it seems!
Wishing you the best of health