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Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

Here we look at some useful information about the best way to clean hardwood floors.  We cover the environmental issues of cleaning products and offer advice on economical ways of cleaning it.

Making the choice to fit a hardwood floor can be a great long term investment when renovating a property; it is hardwearing and tough which, if taken care of, it will last a lifetime!

Many cleaning products are on the supermarket shelves promising to make the job easy and leave a shiny fragrant polished end result. But you need to be aware of the amount of toxic chemicals that are contained in these products. The toxic ingredients can give off high levels of pollutants and contaminate the air in the home that can cause many health problems including eye irritation, asthma, dizziness, breathing problems and many more.

So what should you use that is not going to harm you and your family?

Many people opt for the old favourite vinegar as it is not harmful to children or pets. Although it is an excellent choice for laminate and tiled floors when it comes to hard wood floors it can strip the wooden floor of it wax coating.

Most manufacturers actually do not recommend shop bought hard floor cleaners as they consider them to damage the life of the wooden floor.

Water and steam are also enemies of the wooden floor as it soaks in and causes warping and damage. If the floor is used a lot or spills need to be cleaned you may need to mop, but it is a good idea to only try and do it once a week or less, but make sure as much water is squeezed out of the mop. Then finish buffing the floor with dry towels to ensure the floor is completely dry.

Many manufacturers suggest that a wooden floor is best kept clean by regular sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush, then use a dry damp mop occasionally. But make sure that all the water is removed from the floor with a dry cloth.

A simple non toxic cleaning solution is a bucket of warm water with a small amount of washing up liquid for damp mopping that needs to be dried well with a cloth.

Scuff marks can be removed by applying baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth and rubbing gently.

When choosing wooden flooring it is useful to know what type of finish your wood has as they are not always the same; however by keeping the cleaning process simple it will no doubt protect your family from harmful pollutants but additionally ensure a wooden floor that will last a very long time.