Residential House Cleaning Tips by The Sweeping Angels
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Residential House Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors
When cleaning hardwood floors, DO NOT use vinegar on a wood floor as it will cause damage as a result. Vinegar is acidic and will slowly eat away at the poly coating, or wax coating, or oil, whatever the floor is sealed with. It is fine for no-wax linoleum and ceramic but don't use vinegar on wood floors!
If you have new wood floors, using anything but what the manufacturer specifically recommends will void your warranty. When in doubt, use just water.
More Residential House Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors
Use a soft microfiber dusting pad (preferably with fringe) and run it along all the baseboards without lifting it. Then run it up and down the room, like mowing the lawn, again not lifting the mop. Lifting the mop allows larger debris to get under the mop pad, which can scratch the floors. You want the larger debris to be trapped by the fringe and pushed ahead of you while dust and dirt is trapped by the microfiber pad. This is why swiffer is horrible...it can scratch!
We would recommend the Rubbermaid Commercial Mop with a separate wet and dry mopping head since they just velcro onto the mop. You can get them at Home Depot for about 20 dollars and they sell replacement heads when they become to old to use. To clean them, all you need to do is run the wet mop under the shower tap and use some shampoo to clean it out, while the dry mop can be vacuumed with an attachment then thrown into the wash.
Using a spray bottle, mist the floor lightly with water, or a cleaner specifically formulated for wood floors. DO NOT use Murphy's Oil Soap on your floors, nor should you use Orange Glo. Murphy's Oil Soap will ruin the floors and Orange Glo makes them dangerously slippery. Again, when in doubt, just use water.
After lightly misting a small area, use a seperate microfiber pad that is labeled for wet use and mop the area following the grain of the wood.
Continue to spray as you go. The floor should dry behind you. Never dump a bucket of soapy water on a wood floor...it will warp, cup, split, and generally need replacing really quickly.
We understand the importance of effective cleanliness and each floor is different as each home is different. Hopefully, these methods helped you understand how important it is to properly clean wood flooring and gave you insight on residential house cleaning tips.
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