This is because water and other cleaning agents are supposed to be used sparingly so as to avoid damaging your floors. However, there are still several things that you can do to clean up messes of various sizes from virtually any type of hardwood floor. Here are some tips to keep in mind for each type of mess:
Light messes can generally be cleaned up with a stick vacuum cleaner or a dust mop. You can generally suck up surface-level debris like pet hair, dirt, food particles, and more in such a vacuum, or you can use a dust mop to scoop everything into a manageable pile, and then sweep it up with a standard broom. If there are sticky messes on the floor but they are very light, just use a damp paper towel to wipe up the mess, then wipe the spot again with a dry paper towel.
For medium messes like a very large liquid spill, you may just want to consider getting a towel to clean up all the moisture. Of course, if there has been a pet-related accident on the floor, you may need a special type of cleaning solution that is made specifically for hardwood floors that will not damage them. Of course, a wet/dry mop with a microfiber cloth may also be a great option to consider, because they put just enough moisture on the floor to pick up spills, but then they quickly dry the same area so that you don’t have to worry about going back over it with a towel later on.
Of course, there will be times when you need to clean up heavy-duty messes from your hardwood floors. While it is generally a good idea to avoid steam cleaners altogether, there are a few devices that you can get away with using on your hardwood floors if you need to cover a lot of ground at once. Some of these machines include:
- Specialty Hard-Floor Cleaners/Scrubbers
- Carpet and Hard Floor Deep Cleaners (Professional-Quality)
- Robotic Floor Cleaners
In general, these devices are designed to clean your floors of all debris while preserving the natural shine so that none of the finish comes off. They are also very protective and help to reduce scratching on the floors. Most of the time, they can pick up even more debris than a standard vacuum cleaner or wet/dry mop can.
General Floor Maintenance
- Don’t wear high-heeled shoes on your hardwood floors, also wear shoes that don’t create scuff marks
- Keep pet’s nails trimmed to reduce floor scratching
- Have your family members and guests take their shoes off when they enter your home and walk on the hardwood floors
- Clean up any spills that you see right away
- Occasionally use a dust mop and a standard vacuum cleaner to remove any existing debris from your floors
- Check the floors for warping, chipping, or cracking so that you can make any repairs as necessary before the damage gets too large
Cleaning your hardwood floors can be a challenge at times, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. If you follow the tips outlined in this guide, then it should actually be fairly easy to pick up messes when they occur, and to keep your floors looking nice and relatively mess-free for quite a while. Use the tools mentioned above to maintain your floor’s natural shine and good looks, and you shouldn’t have to worry about any sort of damage occurring over time.
Finally, take preventative action early by “accident-proofing” your floors or practicing certain behaviors to keep messes from occurring in the first place. In this way, your floors should look and stay fairly clean for quite a while.