Tips & Tricks for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Happy Summertime! This is my favorite time of year. Cook-outs, picnics, swimming and other summertime events are in full swing!
With all of the outdoor events of summer, this leads to much “in and out of the house” activities. If you have children or grandchildren, you know what I mean.
Let me offer some quick tips and tricks for cleaning hardwood floors during these busy summer months.
First, know what type of finish is on your hardwood flooring. Most recently manufactured hardwood floors have a urethane factory finish. For older floors, or those without urethane, procedures may vary.
Here are tips for cleaning your urethane finish hardwood floors.
- Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture to prevent it from being tracked onto your floor.
(Note: Do not use rugs with rubber or vinyl backing. Rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.)
- Sweep, dust mop or vacuum your floor as needed to remove dirt and grit that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
- Spills or tracked-in water should be cleaned up immediately.
- Clean regularly with Armstrong or Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner using a terry cloth or microfiber mop.
- Never clean or wet mop with water. Water may permanently damage the floor.
- Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains, blinds, or UV resistant film on large glass doors and windows.
For more information on the best practices for cleaning hardwood floors, please visit the maintenance area on our website or contact our customer relations and technical services department at (800) 233-3823 Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST.
Wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer!
Sherry Horner is a Technical Services Representative, as well as a Maintenance Specialist and Trainer. She has been with Armstrong for over 33 years, spending most of her time in various areas of Customer Service for our Floor Products division. She likes helping customers find answers to their flooring issues. Outside of work, Sherry enjoys the beach and the mountains, and especially enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.