How to mop Hardwood Floors
A commonly used choice of flooring for homes is hardwood flooring. It is usually made from planks of wood that were milled from the same piece of timber. The flooring can come in a variation of different colors and cuts depending on your liking. Based on the area where you install them, hardwood floors can also be sealed or unsealed. Because these floors are so common, it’s a good idea to know how to maintain them and mop them to keep them clean. If you want to know more about how to mop your hardwood floors in the right way, keep reading.
What order to follow
Collection of dirt and residue on hardwood floors can potentially damage them by wearing them away. It is highly unadvisable to use mop hardwood floors directly with a wet mop without dusting away the dirt on the surface of the floor. So while mopping, make sure you dry mop the floor first and then move on to wet mopping.
How you should dry mop the floor
Microfiber mops are a good choice for mopping hardwood floors, both for dry mopping and wet mopping. Microfiber mops pick up and collect more dirt than conventional mops. They make the job easier and are much more efficient. However, conventional dust mops will cotton or synthetic fibers will also work and can be used for sweeping the floor to prepare it for wet mopping.
How you should wet mop the floor
Everyone knows that water is not good for wooden flooring. You should always be careful not to be soaking your floor wet by while mopping it. You should rather use a damp mop and clean away all the debris from the floor. Microfiber flat mops are the best recommendations for this. They usually come with reusable pads that you can just take off, wash, and use once again. Other than that, spin mops are a good idea as well if you don’t want to be on your knees with a cloth mopping the floor. As for the cleaning water, you can use water that has been mixed with a few drops of dish soap. Do not shake the mixture, gently mix it to make the solution.
What you shouldn’t do
Do not use oil-based cleaners or furniture sprays and waxes on your hardwood flooring. The oil will leave a residue on the floor which is bad for it. Furniture sprays make the floors slippery while waxes are just asking for more trouble. Stay as far away as possible from abrasive cleaners or alkaline cleaners as they will damage the flooring. Acidic solutions such as lemon water or vinegar water can also be abrasive and damage the floor over time.
Mopping hardwood floors is not a tough job at all if you know the do and don’ts. You simply need to remember the steps and gather the right tools and it’ll make your life much easier. I hope you learned some useful tips on how to keep those floors nice and clean!