Maintaining the integrity and health of your hardwood floors is essential for keeping them looking beautiful for years to come. To deep clean your hard floors, you'll need the right supplies and a few simple steps. This comprehensive guide will help you understand the process of deep cleaning hard floors, from vacuuming to polishing. Before you start deep cleaning, it's important to apply standard and regular cleaning treatment to your floors.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a floor accessory to pick up dirt and crumbs from the floor, paying special attention to corners of the room and other hard-to-reach places. For floors that have deep grooves between the boards, a spatula can be used to loosen debris and vacuum it easily. Then rub in the direction of the floorboards with a dry microfiber pad to pick up fine dust and dirt. Cleaning the dust will not remove the dirt and grime that build up over time. For regular deep cleaning, you'll need to use a liquid cleanser.
You can use a commercial wood cleaning product, such as Bona or Murphy Oil Soap. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing one part vinegar with 10 parts warm water and adding a few drops of liquid Castile soap. Once you've chosen a cleaner, use a thick “00” grade steel wool moistened with mineral spirits to gently rub the area. Clean mineral spirits with a damp cloth and then use a dry cloth to remove water.
Using a soft cloth, apply a solvent-based hardwood floor wax to the scrubbed area and polish to restore its shine. This step is optional, but if you want to make your hardwoods shine, then look for polish (like this one from Bona). Chem-Dry is the authority for a healthy home when it comes to keeping your home clean and healthy, including cleaning hardwood floors. In fact, Chem-Dry's professional hardwood floor cleaning process is the safest and most effective way to clean solid and engineered wood floors, as well as LVT (or luxury vinyl tile) floors. Whether your hardwood floors are spectacular or subtle, modern or rustic, a deep clean will restore them to the floor design you fell in love with. With the right supplies and steps, you can keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come.