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How to Care for Your Brand New Hardwood Floors

When the day comes that your hardwood floor isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be, we have just the solution. With a little love and elbow grease every now and then, you can have your hardwood floors looking pristine again. Here’s a few tips you can use when it comes to cleaning and maintaining them.

First things first, you need to get rid of dirt, dust, etc. that can scratch up the floor by using a vacuum or mop. Depending on the size of your family and pets, this is something you’ll want to do once a week (at least). This is also the easiest thing you can do when it comes to maintaining your floors, so make it a habit.

Over time, the dirt is still going to build up. So every now and then you’ll need to break out a liquid cleaner to give your floors a good deep cleaning. If you use a commercial wood cleaner, make sure you follow the instructions on the bottle. You can also make a vinegar, warm water, and liquid soap mixture (1 part vinegar, 10 parts water) if you’re on a budget.

When it comes to the actual cleaning process, here’s where the elbow grease comes in handy. Using a sponge mop, soak it in your desired cleaning solution and wring it out so that’s it’s damp and not dripping wet. Then, go ahead and mop the floor while being careful to not use too much solution. Don’t forget to rinse out the mop periodically with clean water. Once you’re finished mopping, clean up the excess water with a towel so that the standing water doesn’t deteriorate your hardwood.

If you have any scratches that are still there after cleaning, find a crayon that’s the same color as the wood and rub it on the scratched surface. After you do this, use a blow dryer to heat the area and then buff it out with a cloth.

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