Did you know that just over 50% of American households contain hardwood flooring? If you are one of those lucky homeowners, you already understand how this natural material can elevate your home’s value and beauty. Properly and routinely cleaning your hardwood floors is the best way to maintain their overall appearance and keep them looking new for years to come. In this article, we will cover how often to clean your hardwood floors, how to properly prepare them, and which products and materials will yield the best results.

How Often is Hardwood Floor Cleaning Required?

The cleaning frequency of hardwood floors can depend on multiple factors. Foot traffic, space usage, children, pets along with all they bring to our lives…especially from outside, and everyday household habits will all help you decide your standard cleaning routine. An area that is walked on frequently typically requires sweeping or vacuuming once or twice a week and damp mopping with a microfiber pad just as often. Surface areas that are not accessible to foot traffic or that are traveled less often may only need sweeping or vacuuming once a week, with a monthly mopping. Between regular floor care maintenance, it is important to address every “Oops!” right when it happens. Spills and grime should be spot clean as needed to avoid the formation of long-term stains or damage. This hardwood floor maintenance will increase the longevity of your floors and ensure that they look and feel brand new!

Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors: 4 Easy Steps

Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

Step 1: Getting you and your space ready for cleaning – remove any large furniture, chairs, and floor clutter such as children’s toys. Before cleaning, be sure to throw on a pair of socks to further protect the surface and ensure no additional dirt is introduced from shoes during the cleaning process.

*Pro tip: While shopping for a cleaning solution, you should look for a water-based pH neutral floor cleaner. It is also good to use a product that is designed to provide a safe, effective, and reliable floor clean for various hard surface floor coverings – especially hardwood floors. The LOBA Universal Floor Cleaner Concentrate is always on the top of our list.

Step 2: Once you and your space are ready, it’s time to properly prep your hardwood floors for cleaning. Use a household vacuum to remove all dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris that could otherwise scratch the floor. Think of pulling and scrubbing a flat microfiber mop across a floor full of sand – that’s what we like to call “home-made sandpaper” – and it’s the perfect way to compromise and break down the protective finish barrier on your hardwood flooring. So, no skipping this step!

*Pro tip: Make sure to use a vacuum without a beater bar/brush roller or be sure to turn off or remove that attachment. This feature can cause damage during the preparation process.

Step 3: Dusting and vacuuming won’t remove all the dirt and grime that can build up over time. For deep cleaning, you’ll need to use a liquid hardwood floor cleaner. The LOBA Universal Floor Cleaner Concentrate paired with the LOBA Spray Mop makes a dynamic duo for maintaining and deep cleaning your floors. This concentrate is specially formulated to mix 2 fl. oz. per every one gallon of water. The LOBA Spray Mop includes a refillable cartridge that is specifically designed to spray while cleaning. This mop is also engineered to reach corners and edges, where even the smallest unwanted particles and germs hide.

Step 4: For the best results, we recommend completely air drying your floors before placing rugs and furniture back in place. This will ensure a consistent result that does not leave any damage.

How to Prevent Streaking on Hardwood Floors

Preventing streaking on hardwood floors requires using the right cleaning products that are rated safe for hardwood floors. The LOBA Floor Cleaner Spray is a great option to use on hardwood surfaces, as it cleans safely without leaving residue from unnecessary ingredients. After cleaning, you should let the floors completely air dry. This will remove any remaining moisture and further prevent spots and streaks. Always avoid oversaturation as wood will absorb excess water, leading to irreversible damage. Keep in mind, professional grade cleaning products are focused on the health and longevity of your hardwood flooring investment. When you are done cleaning the floors, simply pop the microfiber mop pad in the wash for the next clean. By following these techniques and maintaining regular cleaning habits, you can effectively prolong the life of, and preserve the beauty of your hardwood floors.

Proper cleaning makes happy floors, for your happy life!

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