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How to Maintain and Clean Our Hardwood Floor?

By Singapore Home Guy On March 8, 2010 Under Home Improvement Tips

Wood floors are basically the commonly used type of floor these days. With its durability and elegance, it is preferably used by most of home owners. But for you to have long lasting wood floors, you should know how to maintain and protect it from damages that sooner or later will require serious treatments. Whatever the type of your floor is, there is a required or appropriate cleaning approach for it. This way, any further damage will be avoided.

Here are some fundamental cleaning and repairing tips to keep your wood floor pleasantly clean and durable.

For Stains and Scratches

In some instances, our wood floors can have stains and scratches made by people who passed by every now and then. Inadvertently, kids can also spill dirt and unpleasant sticky substances in our wood floors. To remove scratches, you can use fine sand paper and sweep off residue using clean cloth. You may want to do it gently so that any further scratches will be avoided. For gums and sticky substances, put some ice on a plastic and place it on the top of the sticky stain. Wait till the substance becomes brittle and scrape it gently.

For Cigarette and Other Burn marks

Check how bad the burn is first. Then, depends on the damage, you can use fine sand paper to refine the burn part. You can also use steel wool, but only the finest one. Upon cleaning, dip the sand paper in floor wax in order to protect the wood floor for more dents. After scratching, refine, rebuff and re-wax the affected part. If the burn is really bad and require deeper cleaning, you may want to replace the specific floor part.

For Oils and Grease stains

Depends on the type of wood floor, oil and grease can be removed using different ways. For urethane finish wood floor, you can use common cleaner to remove oil and grease stain. But in wax-based wood floor, you may need to be more careful. The stain might scattered all over the floor if you don’t know how to clean it properly. You can use cloth with high amount of lye and soap and rub it to the stained part. Otherwise, put some cotton with hydrogen peroxide on the top of the blemished floor. Then, place another layer of cotton with ammonia on the top of the solution. Repeat this step until the stains faded and gone. Then, rebuff the certain part using clean cloth or fine sand paper.

However, you can always avoid those damages if you will protect your wood floors from specific elements. This will help you to maintain the elegance of the wood floors and there is no way you will need repairs and cleaning. To avoid scratches and dents in your wood floors, put felt in the legs of your furniture. This way, every time you are changing the position of your furniture, you won’t cause any damage in the wood floors. If anyone in the house is using hard shoes or sandals especially high heels, make sure the protective caps are intact.

Place rug or runner in the hallway or way in every part of the house to protect your wood floor from stain and mud coming from the feet of your housemates. Shake it off often to remove dust. Do not let it wet. You can also use vacuum to remove dust from wood floor. In vacuuming, make sure you use appropriate material in cleaning. Do not use any wood or cleaning sprays. It might only damage your wood floor over time.

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