How To Clean Wood Floors
Wood floors are beautiful, but they are a lot of work. The key is to keep them as clean as possible so you don’t have to refinish your floors. Frequent refinishing of your floors is a bad idea. With proper care, you can avoid the need to refinish your floors.
The Dust Mop
You need a dust mop and you need to use it constantly! A disposable cloth mop (like Swiffer) can actually damage your floor. A dust mop is softer, and will pick up particles that you might be scraping against the floor with a Swiffer or other disposable cloth dry mop.
Innocent little particles can do serious damage to wood floors. Every time you walk on them, you are grinding them in and scraping the floor. Spills can also be quickly grabbed with a dust mop. Get a dust mop where you can remove the mop part and wash it regularly.
Damp Mop for Cleaning
Chemicals can damage your wood flooring. Your best bet is to use a damp mop with clean water as often as possible when you clean your floors. If the floor is still dirty, only then should you move up to a stronger cleaning solution than water. But be careful with the water! Not too much – water is the enemy of your wood floors. When you use a mop, don’t slosh water all over the place. Any excess water can damage your floor.