How to Clean HardwoodInstalling hardwood in your home can be a great investment as long as you continue to take care of your floors. However, poorly treated hardwood can end up being more expensive in the long run. Floor Coverings International® of Milwaukee wants to make sure you have the know-how to prolong the lifespan of your floors and increase the value of your home.


Different types of wood may need special care and treatment. As such, you will want to learn how to properly care for your specific type of wood.

Here are three general tips on how to maintain most types of hardwood floors!


Use Microfiber Pads to Clean the Floors Routinely

The best way to clean your hardwood floors is to use a microfiber sweeper or push mop to clean the floors routinely. This helps to remove dirt, dust and debris from the floor. While regular straw brooms can potentially scratch the floors, microfiber glides over it, removing debris gently and efficiently. We recommend sweeping at least once a week, but depending on the amount of foot traffic in your home, you may need to do this more frequently.


Hardwood Maintenance TipsOnly Use Soaps Designed to Clean Your Wood

Microfibers can help remove debris that is sitting on the surface, but occasionally you’ll need something tougher to really clean the wood. If your floors are looking dull or have sticky residue that is hard to get rid of, you’ll want to have a trusted wood soap in your home. You should never use water, vinegar, or abrasive bleach-based cleaners as these can discolor or warp your wood floors. Use a microfiber mop or cloth with a very light amount of wood soap. Furthermore, this should only been done when needed. Overusing wood cleaner can wear away the finish on your floors.


Place Curtains or Coverings Over Your Windows

The last tip for properly maintaining your hardwood floors is to place curtains or coverings over your windows. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause wood to fade in certain areas, which is hard to fix. This exposure can also cause the wood to heat up and expand, leading to warping or shifting in the boards. It is fine to let some sun shine in on your floors. But when you are not home or do not need the extra light, close the blinds to prolong the lifespan of your floor.


Some wood species are more sensitive to light than others. For example, Brazilian cherry floors suffer from sun bleaching easily and develop an aged grey hue. To prevent this color transition, experts recommend applying linseed oil to the surface of Brazilian cherry wood biannually to protect it. Talk to us about your hardwood and we can suggest specific solutions for the species.


If you are looking to purchase hardwood floors call Floor Coverings International Franklin. Schedule a free design consultation with our mobile showroom to view hundreds of hardwood samples. We proudly serve Franklin, Oak Creek, New Berlin, and beyond!



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