Due to the difficulties that can often arise while attempting to clean hardwood floors, it may be wise to simply clean this type of floor by hand. If you are not familiar with how to do this, it may initially seem like a rather daunting task.
Fortunately, there are quite a few easy ways to clean your hardwood floors by hand without straining yourself and without exerting a lot of force. Here are the steps associated with manual hardwood floor cleaning that have proven effective over time:
Use Water Sparingly
Water is your hardwood floor’s natural enemy, so it is important to keep the amount of water that goes on the floor to a minimum. In areas that do not see heavy traffic, you don’t need to do much to maintain the floor except occasionally sweep and vacuum. But, the more frequented areas of your home will need routine mopping. How do you mop your floors without using an excessive amount of water?
- Wring out the mop sufficiently before putting it on the surface of your floor
- Mix a little vinegar with the water for a more effective, natural cleaning solution
- Dry the floor immediately after you do put any water on it
Make Use of a Broom and Vacuum
For basic cleaning tasks, simply use a broom and a vacuum cleaner to pick up any surface level debris. This includes pet hair, dirt, food, and more. You shouldn’t typically need water for this, and if you can’t get these things up with a broom or vacuum, a paper towel can sometimes pick them up. However, if you use a vacuum on your floors, make sure that the brushroll function is disabled so that your hardwood floors don’t get scratched.
Use Diluted Floor Cleaners
When using a floor cleaner, you should always err on the side of caution, because many of these still require water of some sort to go on the floor. Other floor cleaners can leave behind waxy streaks that can be very difficult to clean up. However, if you find a good product, dilute it slightly with water based on the instructions provided on the bottle.
You will need to use a sponge or a rag that has been dipped in the water and cleaner mixture, and then you will need to cover the surface of the floor with this solution. However, your floors should only be slightly dampened and not soaked, otherwise, damage can potentially occur. You should then rinse your floors with a clean, damp mop, but only if the solution’s bottle says to do this. Then, wipe away all the liquid right away using a dry cloth. Activate any fans that you may have in the area to increase the speed with which your floors dry.
Find Alternative Cleaning Methods
Depending on the type of mess that you are trying to clean up, there are other methods besides water and cleaning solutions that will still make your floors look nice. For instance, if you have scuff marks on the floor, just use some steel wool to rub in floor wax and make the floors look shiny again. Steel wool and floor wax, in general, seem to be the best alternative methods to cleaning your floors if you want to keep water usage to a minimum.
Use the Right Kind of Mop
If you choose to mop your floors, it is best to use a manual mop that has an attached microfiber cloth that can be thrown in the washing machine and cleaned after each use. String mops should be avoided if possible, because they tend to pull water around with them, which could soak your floors and end up causing damage.
If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking nice and clean without the hassle of spending a lot of money on professional floor cleaning services, then follow the tips outlined in this guide.
Each of these tips should keep your floors from getting damaged, and they should help you to remove virtually every type of debris that may be stuck to your floors, so they will ultimately stay cleaner longer.