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Tips for Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors  


Hardwood floors can be beautiful, stately, and even rustic. However, they can also get dingy, dirty, and worn over time if not cleaned regularly and cared for properly.

Regular cleaning for your hardwoods is much easier than you might think. Nonetheless, for deeper cleaning or cleaning after accidents, professional cleaning is a must to keep extend the life of your hardwoods and keep them looking beautiful, even in high-trafficked areas.

Basic Care for Hardwood Floors

Dusting the floor with a dust mop can go a long way for regular cleaning. Treating a mop with a dusting agent can increase the amount of dust that it picks up, including dirt and pet hair that might scratch the surface of the floor. Avoid using an electric broom or vacuum cleaner as these can scratch your floors as well.

Deeper Cleaning You Can Do on Your Own

Over time, dirt, grime, and oil can build up, so regular deep cleaning is necessary. A specialized wood cleaning product may be a good idea, but be sure to adhere to the instructions on the label. You may also want to try washing with warm water and vinegar as a more natural alternative. Be sure not to get the floor sopping wet while you are cleaning; wringing out the mop every few minutes is essential for maintaining the integrity of the wood.

Dealing with Harder to Clean Stains and Scratches

If you have marks on your floor, the mark may be on the surface of the wood, or could potentially be deeper, underneath an oil finish. Wood floors are sensitive, so you should not use sandpaper, steel wool, or any other hard scrubber. If using a soft scrubber does not work, it may be time to call in the professionals to help you clean thoroughly while also avoiding any damage to your wood floors.

You may also be able to deal with burnt or stuck-on substances by using professional help. Call our team for more information or to schedule an appointment—we know how to treat your woods right while also giving you the best, most comprehensive clean. Contact the experts at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County today!

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