Do you remember the commercials back in the day with the lady with a giant gap in her teeth telling you to use the their "Pine Fresh" products on all your floors?
Please don't listen to her.
A regular practice up until the late 1990's for cleaning your floors was the good ole fashion string mop, yellow bucket, hot water, and Pine Sol. Yes, your floors smelled like a lemon forrest and there was even a shine for 3 or 4 days, but this technique has proven to be the absolute wrong way of cleaning your hardwood floors.
Here are are three steps for cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors:
- Sweep, dust mop, or vacuum regularly. A microfiber dust head comes with many hardwood floor cleaning mop kits (like Bona Kemi)
- Only Use mop kits designed for hardwood floors. This is important as there are many hardwood floor cleaners out there. We always recommend Bona Kemi or Armstrong Cleaner to our clients as they do not leave a haze to the floors. DO NOT use any wax based cleaners. They will cloud your floors and even prevent from your hardwood floors from being "recoated" in the future!
- Have your floors Professionally cleaned once per year. Dirt, dust, and water can seep into the pores of the wood. Cleaning with a mop or vacuuming can't even get this out. Just like carpet, it is important to have your floors professionally cleaned at least once per year.
Proper maintenance will prevent your floors from ever having to be refinished!