Nov 25

How to Clean Wood Floors Without Streaks

The use of wood as flooring can be considered as one of the most popular choices of homeowners.

It simply adds that unique sense of elegance and aesthetic appeal to homes. Whether you have a house that has a modern or traditional design, wood floors can fit beautifully in it.

The Challenge:

Proper Maintenance of Streak-Free Flooring

In order to maintain the beauty of your wood floors, it is necessary for you to keep them free from dirt and grime. However, problem arises when they’re not properly cleaned with the right tools, cleaning materials, and techniques.

It is possible that you might accidentally leave some scratches and streaks that would negatively affect the overall beauty and luster of your elegant flooring.

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With this problem at hand, I decided to extend some help and provide a comprehensive guide that will allow you to properly maintain and preserve the charm of streak-free floors.

Important Materials and Tools

The different types of floors also require various kinds of cleaning materials and tools to clean them. One kind of cleaning material that is applicable for one type of flooring may not be effective for another. So in order to help you with your goal of having streak-free wood flooring, I will also provide you with a list of materials. Listed below are the things you will need that are very easy to acquire or may even be readily available in your homes:

  1. Broom or vacuum cleaner
  2. Mop
  3. Warm water
  4. Mild liquid detergent
  5. Dry piece of cloth

The Step-by-Step Guide

After gathering the materials necessary for this task, you are now ready to begin. Below are the basic steps that you should follow in order to clean your floors properly. Try to follow these steps accurately for best results.

  1. Using your broom or vacuum cleaner, clean off all the dust and dirt. Not only will the fine bristles of your broom enable you to clean the crevices, it will also contribute to your goal because the soft bristles will not leave any scratch marks on the surface. If you intend to use a vacuum cleaner, do not use an attachment with hard bristles that might leave scuff marks.
  2. Mix mild liquid detergent with a bucket of warm water in order to form a solution that will be safe to use on wood. Just add a few drops of mild liquid detergent and do not make the solution too soapy. Also avoid strong chemicals in cleaning this type of flooring for they can cause damage.
  3. Submerge your mop in the bucket that contains the solution and wring it several times. This will allow you to remove excess liquids from the mop that may damage your floor over time. After wringing, mop the floor a couple of times until you achieve your desired level of cleanliness.
  4. Using a dry piece of cloth, wipe off excess moisture from the surface of the floor. Alternatively, you can also use another mop but make sure that it is clean and completely free from any moisture. Another important thing that you should keep in mind is to use a cloth and mop that is soft so no scratch marks or streaks will be left on the surface.

Final Words…

A lot of factors can cause streaks on wood floors. Even the act of cleaning can cause these, but streaks can be avoided just by following the simple steps and by using the right kinds of tools and cleaning materials.