Best Ways to Care for Floating Hardwood Floors

Floating hardwood floors are known for their durability with manufacturers offering 25 years of more for warranty. However, their long life is only possible if you know how to care for them properly. If you have floating floors or considering getting one, here are some tips on how to make them last.

Use Recommended Cleaner

The manufacturer’s recommended cleaner is the best first choice, at least during the first 6 to 12 months. Ask the installer for suggestions on what cleaner to use and compare products online before making your choice. Steer clear of oil-based soaps.

Sweep Often but No Mops

Clean floating floors by sweeping them on a daily basis or more as the situation demands. For best results, you can use a good hardwood floor vacuum to remove pieces of dirt stuck in between the flooring. Do NOT use a damp mop since the water can seep in and damage the wood.

Spot Clean

Use the hardwood cleanser and a damp cloth to clean specific problem areas. Wipe several times if the stain proves difficult. Don’t try to use abrasive objects since this can cause scratches on the floor.

Absorb Spills

Spills on hardwood should be cleaned by absorbing the liquid instead of wiping them off. Use a sponge or an absorbent cloth to soak up all the water and then squeeze it in a separate container.

Only start wiping when there’s very few liquid left on the surface. Note that this should be done immediately before the spill settles in, and creates a stain.

Water and Vinegar

If you’re not happy with the commercial cleaners, it’s always possible to make your own. Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar together with ¼ cup water in a spray container. Mist the mixture liberally and wipe with a clean cloth.

If you have a dust mop, use this to cover larger areas within a shorter period of time. Try to confine your wiping movement in one direction; this will create a spotless shine after drying.

Cushion your Furniture

The legs of tables, chairs and other furniture in the house can leave a permanent dent. This can be problematic as the discoloration becomes very obvious once you decide to move the furniture around for a new look.

Instead, use furniture coasters to cushion the legs, preventing their direct contact with each other. When moving furniture, always lift them instead of dragging since this can create scratches.

Wax when Necessary

Waxing your hardwood to restore its shine is also a good idea – provided you know exactly what wax type to use. For example, polyurethane flooring can be damaged by paste wax instead of restoring it. If in doubt, contact the installer, flooring manufacturer or local hardware store and ask.

Professional Cleaning Service

If there’s too much damage or none of the solutions above works, you can always hire professionals to clean them up. They can help fully restore the area and relieve you of all worries.

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