How to deep clean hardwood floors naturally?

The secret to cleaning hardwood floors so they appear great and preserve their shine for years is to clean them frequently and carefully. After all, flooring are subjected to the most wear and tear in our houses. Consider how much dust, dirt, grime, and debris you bring in from the outdoors. Allowing your wood floors to become too dirty is not only unsanitary, but it can also be detrimental to the wood, which is costly to repair, refinish, or, in the worst-case scenario, replace. You can help hardwood floors retain their luster for many years by cleaning them on a regular basis using a few simple tools and natural solutions. Here’s how to clean hardwood floors organically so you don’t have to use harsh chemicals.

How Often Should You Clean Hardwood Floors?

To eliminate dust, filth, and other particles carried into your home, the easiest method to clean hardwood floors is to use a microfiber dust mop. Unlike certain vacuums, the microfiber dust mop will not scratch your floors. Wood floors should be swept once a month (or more frequently if necessary) to deep-clean and shine. However, the residue from many commercial floor cleaners can make wood floors appear dull. Vinegar is the secret to making wood floors shine without leaving a film.

Necessary Checks before Cleaning:

  • Check if your floor is sealed:

Before you begin cleaning your hardwood floors, you need first determine the sort of finish that has been applied to the flooring. Is the floor finished with polyurethane? If a drop of water appears on the surface, the floor has been sealed and can be cleaned with a water-based solution. If the drop of water is immediately absorbed, the sealant has worn away or was never placed. If the floor has not been sealed, you should minimize the amount of water used for cleaning.

  • Clear the clutter:

Remove any debris and small items from the floor, such as area rugs, for faster, simpler cleaning.

  • Find the suitable time: 

After cleaning, there should not be any traffic until the floor is dried so you should choose the time when everyone is out of the house or foot traffic is minimal. 

  • Plan a route:

To avoid leaving footprints on a clean floor, begin in one corner of the room and make your way toward the door.

  • Speed up drying time:

Turn on ceiling fans or install a circulating fan to enhance the drying process.

Cleaning hardwood tools and equipment (Source: Internet)

Preparation: 

  • Dry microfiber dust mop
  • Wet microfiber mop
  • Vacuum without beater bar
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Distilled white vinegar or cleaning vinegar
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush

Cleaning steps:

Step 1: Remove all dirt and debris

Always begin by eliminating loose dust and grime from the floor. To remove the debris, use a broom or a vacuum without a beater bar (the beater bar can damage hardwood surfaces). However, a microfiber dust mop is the finest option. The fibers in the mop attract and retain dirt, and you may wash the mop head to ensure a clean mop every time.

Step 2: Prepare your homemade cleaner

Recipe: 1 gallon water + 1 cup distilled white vinegar or 1/2 cup cleaning vinegar in a large bucket or sink.

Step 3: Mop and dry

Dip a clean microfiber mop into the solution and wring until damp but not dripping. Begin in the far corner and work your way toward the door until the entire room has been cleaned. As soil is transported from the floor, rinse the mop frequently. Allow the floor to dry completely before walking on it.

Necessary Checks before Cleaning:

  • Check if your floor is sealed:

Before you begin cleaning your hardwood floors, you need first determine the sort of finish that has been applied to the flooring. Is the floor finished with polyurethane? If a drop of water appears on the surface, the floor has been sealed and can be cleaned with a water-based solution. If the drop of water is immediately absorbed, the sealant has worn away or was never placed. If the floor has not been sealed, you should minimize the amount of water used for cleaning.

  • Clear the clutter:

Remove any debris and small items from the floor, such as area rugs, for faster, simpler cleaning.

  • Find the suitable time: 

After cleaning, there should not be any traffic until the floor is dried so you should choose the time when everyone is out of the house or foot traffic is minimal. 

  • Plan a route:

To avoid leaving footprints on a clean floor, begin in one corner of the room and make your way toward the door.

  • Speed up drying time:

Turn on ceiling fans or install a circulating fan to enhance the drying process.

Paint or Seal Hardwood Floor (Source: Internet)

Preparation: 

  • Dry microfiber dust mop
  • Wet microfiber mop
  • Vacuum without beater bar
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Distilled white vinegar or cleaning vinegar
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush

Cleaning steps:

Step 1: Remove all dirt and debris

Always begin by eliminating loose dust and grime from the floor. To remove the debris, use a broom or a vacuum without a beater bar (the beater bar can damage hardwood surfaces). However, a microfiber dust mop is the finest option. The fibers in the mop attract and retain dirt, and you may wash the mop head to ensure a clean mop every time.

Step 2: Prepare your homemade cleaner

Recipe: 1 gallon water + 1 cup distilled white vinegar or 1/2 cup cleaning vinegar in a large bucket or sink.

Step 3: Mop and dry

Dip a clean microfiber mop into the solution and wring until damp but not dripping. Begin in the far corner and work your way toward the door until the entire room has been cleaned. As soil is transported from the floor, rinse the mop frequently. Allow the floor to dry completely before walking on it.

How to Clean Cracks in Hardwood Floors

Cracks between the boards of older wood floors and improperly installed hardwood can collect dirt and dust. When the wood dries out during periods of low humidity, the fissures can widen. It is simple yet time-consuming to remove the dirt and debris that has become stuck. Clean in small pieces, beginning in the far corner of the room and working your way out the door, so you can resume where you left off if you can’t finish the entire area at once.

2 cups warm water, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar Shake a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution until it is slightly moist. Scrub the cracks gently, then wipe the debris away with a soft cloth or vacuum it up with a handheld vacuum or a vacuum with a crevice tool. As usual, dust mop and wipe the floor.

How to Clean Cracks in Hardwood Floors (Source: Internet)

Should You Steam Clean Hardwood Floors?

Steam mops are ideal for cleaning nonporous surfaces such as sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, polished cement, and stone. However, high temperatures and excessive moisture can cause hardwood floors to darken, distort, and crack over time, especially if the wood is not properly coated.

If you plan to use a steam mop, make sure your hardwood floors are well-sealed and free of worn patches. Set the mop to the lowest temperature and avoid creating “steam bursts” when working. Never leave the mop in the same location for an extended period of time.

Steam Clean Hardwood Floors (Source: Internet)

How to Clean Paint Off Hardwood Floors

Paint splatters and drips happen, but with a little elbow grease and the correct cleaning solutions, most can be cleaned from hardwood floors. Water-based paint (acrylic paint) is the simplest to remove, but oil-based paint can also be removed.

Reparation:

  • Cleaning cloths
  • Hard plastic putty knife or old credit card
  • Small bowl
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush or scrub brush
  • Hairdryer or heat gun
  • Cotton balls
  • Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Lemon juice

Instructions: 

Step 1: To two cups of hot water, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Soak a cloth in the solution and wring it out until it is no longer dripping. Scrub the paint splatter in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe away the loose paint with a dry rag as it loosens. If it won’t budge, carefully scrape it away with the edge of an old credit card or a plastic putty knife.

Step 2: If step 1 is unable to remove the paint, use a harsher cleaning solution made of three parts rubbing alcohol and one part lemon juice. Wring out a cloth and place it over the paint drips. Allow it to sit for five minutes before gently scrubbing with an old toothbrush or scraping with a credit card. Wipe the paint away.

Step 3: If the paint still won’t budge, use a hairdryer on high to soften it before attempting the cleaning procedures again. If the paint is oil-based, you may need to use an eco-friendly, citrus-based paint remover from the store. Follow the label’s instructions.

How to Clean Paint Off Hardwood Floors (Source: Internet)

How to Keep Hardwood Floors Clean for Longer

  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately. Excessive dampness can stain floors, and sticky residue invites even more grime.
  • Every day, dust mop. A fast mop, particularly in high activity areas, will remove grit and dust that can harm hardwood floor finishes.
  • To eliminate loose soil, dust mop at least once a week.
  • Use a vacuum with a beater bar that will not scrape or dent the floor.
  • To catch dirt, place doormats inside and outside entrance doors. Don’t forget to clean the mats on a regular basis.

Don’t let your house get untidy!

That’s all there is to it when it comes to deep clean hardwood floors naturally. It is helpful to know exactly when you should choose to have the best result when cleaning your hardwood.

Flooring cleaning is an important part of keeping your living space clean and healthy so don’t ignore it. Just remember to keep a regular cleaning and take good care of your floor to keep it clean and beautiful all the time.

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