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Tips for cleaning wood and tile floors

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Hardwood floors look wonderful and are made to last for many years. If you like nature and all of its wonders, you clearly appreciate wood in your house. Unfortunately, this type of floors and tiles are a tad difficult to keep intact if you don’t follow some simple but effective rules.

Even if you don’t like to clean the house every week, you need to understand that wood is quite sensitive to fine grit that comes with the dust. This acts like a sandpaper and slowly scratches the wood’s top layer, causing serious damages. In order to prevent that, you need to vacuum the floors at least once a week.

However, you should opt for a vacuum that features a regular brush that runs along the floor and stay away from rotating brushes or beater bars because these can destroy the surface.

When doing the cleaning, you need to avoid any drops of furniture polish on the hardwood floor because they can cloud the top. You can use a non-ammonia window cleaner to get the shine back.

Water is the worst enemy because it ruins the finish and penetrates the wood causing stains and cracks. If you expect rain, make sure to close the windows and place a rug at the entrance. In addition to this, if you have plants inside your home, put trays under the pots and wipe up the water immediately if it drains.

Even if you try to avoid them, incidents occur and spills and dirt can come in contact with the hardwood or tiles. If it happens, you need to use a non-wax wood floor cleaner that removes the residue fast. Furthermore, keep a bottle nearby for emergencies if you live in a large house and all of your cleaning supplies are located in the basement or the storage closet. It’s important to act fast because dirt can damage the surface and liquids leave ugly stains.

From time to time, you need to rejuvenate the top with a special wax. The reason why this procedure is so crucial is that wax mustn’t be applied on a surface finish such as polyurethane, varnish or shellac. Otherwise, the floor becomes far too slippery and it can interfere with future finishes. For example, if you’re floor features a polyurethane finish, you must get a polish made especially for polyurethane. If the surface is another kind, you can get a general-purpose floor restorer that applies to a variety of finishes.

If possible, you should purchase an extra long doormat where guests can stop and remove their shoes and jackets without getting straight in the house. The longer the mat is, the more people will spend their time rubbing the dirt off.