Hardwood flooring is a wonderful thing when its been laid correctly. The beautiful grain and polished surface make it very appealing and not to mention a surface that's easy to keep clean. If you have invested time and money to install hardwood flooring, you want it to last for as long as possible. For that reason, maintaining its polished appearance is vital to its longevity.
Keeping it clean
Polishing hardwood need not be a long or backbreaking task, if done regularly and with the correct cleaning and polishing materials, there is no need for long cleaning routines. Cleaning your floor will not only keep it clean and hygienic, but it will also hide any small scratches that any floor will pick up from time to time.
Sweeping regularly will clear the floor of grit and other particles that build up, it will also stop any of them from scratching the surface. You should then wipe the floor with a damp cloth, this can be in the end of a mop so that you do not have to bend down. You can buy wet floor cloths if you wish, or use a reusable cloth. Either way, this will thoroughly clean the floor and remove any other dirt.
After the hardwood flooring is clean, you need to polish it. It is recommended that you clean the floor once a week, but you only have to polish it once a month. Polishing this often, will help protect the floor and also make it easier to clean.
The best way to polish the floor is to pour about half a cup of polish onto the floor, this ratio is good for one room. Then using another cloth on the end of the mop, work the polish onto the surface of the flooring. Make sure that you go with the grain and work it over the whole floor. Once you have done that, you should use a lint-free cloth to wipe up the excess polish, this will also help it to shine the floor.
There are other regular maintenance activities that you should do to your floor. As well as polishing hardwood, you also need to completely sanded down and re-stained every five years if possible. You only need to do a light sanding to remove the old surface and scratches that have happened. This will ensure that your floor is as good as it can be, and then you will have the perfect floor for years to come.