Hardwood floors can accumulate too much dirt and substances stick to them over time if they are not cleaned in a proper way. To maintain the beauty of hardwood floors, regular cleaning must be done on them. With different ways to clean hardwood floors, only the best way can guarantee better results, keeping your hardwood spotless and properly maintained by applying the right products. Here is the best way to clean a hardwood floor.

1.    Test the finish of your floor

The first step involves testing the finish of your hardwood floor. There are two different finishes that are commonly used on hardwood floors.

Surface finishes

Surface finishes like urethane and polyurethane are clear and form a protective waterproofing layer. If your floor has surface finishes, it is safe for you to clean it with water and water-based products.

To check whether your hardwood floor has a surface finishing, you can scrape off some small part of the finish in a hidden area of your floor to see if it is clear.

If the finish is not a clear material, then it could be a penetrating finish.

Penetrating finish

Penetrating finish like the tung oil soaks on hardwood floors before the wax is applied to them. Such surfaces can absorb water, so it is advisable to use solvent-based products when cleaning such floors.

Remove Dust from the floor

Remove dust either by dry mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming. This removes any light dust that has settled on the hardwood floors and accumulated for some time.

When vacuuming, move your cleaning equipment from one side of the room to another, paying close attention to the joints where the wood boards are connecting.

Scrape off food stains

In case you are seeing food stains on the surface of the hardwood floor, use a knife to reach the edge of the debris and gently remove it by sliding the knife upwards.

Now, clean the spot by rubbing a clean wet cloth on it and dry the area by passing a piece of dry cloth. If your floor has a penetrating finish, apply some solvent-based floor wax in case it gets stripped off.

Remove water, ink, and other stains

When other stains are still left on your hardwood floor, they could be the most stubborn ones. Water stains, ink, and pet urine are some of the most stubborn stains that can be hard to remove.

If your floor has a penetrating finish, use sandpaper to lightly sand the stain and then scrub using steel wool dipped in spirit. Wipe away the spirit with a wet cloth and dry the area with a dry piece of cloth.

Apply solvent-based wax in the area after you are done.

How to clean oil stains

Oil stains on hardwood floors can easily be removed on the surface by applying Trisodium phosphate (TSP). Wear gloves and protective glasses and dilute two tablespoons of the chemical in a gallon of warm water. Using a piece of cloth, dip its tip into the solution and gently rub on the stain to dissolve the oil. Use a piece of wet cloth to clean the TSP and dry with a clean cloth.