What Is the Best Way to Clean Different Types of Hardwood Flooring?




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Installing hardwoods is one of the best returns on investment (ROI) you can make. In fact, it is one of a handful of home improvement projects where you can expect to recoup at least 100 percent of what you put into it, and sometimes much more. 

Hardwood maintenance is vital to retaining this value. However, the best products and procedures vary with the different types of hardwood floors. 

This article covers what these are. Keep reading to learn more about maintaining hardwood floors so that they will look great and last a long time.  

Natural Hardwood

There are many different types of hardwood floors. True to its name, natural ones are made from oak, walnut, mahogany, or other “hard woods.” 

First, regularly sweeping your hardwoods is a good way to keep dust and dirt from accumulating, which will keep your floors clean and your home free of allergens. Be sure to use a broom with soft bristles to avoid scratching the wood surface. 

You should also avoid any cleaners with harsh chemicals that could cause hardwood floor damage. These include anything containing bleach and ammonia. 

You should never use undiluted vinegar on your natural hardwoods. This could dull the color or damage the surface of the wood. 

Finally, never use water to clean hardwood floors, including prefinished hardwood floors. This could seriously warp or damage the wood

Instead, use a pH-neutral cleaner on your floors. Most store-bought dedicated hardwood cleaners will work. These often have the benefit of containing oils or other substances that can help protect the wood.

Consider using a microfiber mop when applying the cleaner. These will pick up the most debris without scratching your floors. 

Engineered Hardwoods

Engineered hardwoods are meant to resemble the look of real hardwood but are usually more affordable. They are generally made of a plywood core attached to a hardwood flooring top. 

Many people choose engineered hardwoods due to their durability. This includes the ability to repel spills. 

You are safe using the methods described above while cleaning engineered hardwoods. However, since they are a little heartier than natural hardwoods, you can get away with a little more.

For instance, it is fine to use diluted white vinegar on engineered hardwoods. You still want to ensure they are completely dry when finished. 

Engineered hardwoods are not impervious to moisture, though. In fact, they may be more prone to warping than hardwoods, if liquids happen to penetrate the surface. For this reason, avoid steam mops or leaving water on the floor for extended periods. 

Learn More About Caring for the Different Types of Hardwood

Now that you understand the best ways to clean different types of hardwood floors, you can keep yours looking great. If you are uncertain about the proper steps or products, an experienced floor cleaning service can advise you. 

Steam Wave Carpet is a family-owned and operated carpet cleaning company serving Dallas and the surrounding areas. In addition to providing high-quality services, our goal is to educate our customers on the best maintenance and restoration methods available today for keeping their floors looking great. Reach out to us to learn more or to schedule service.