During the past couple of weeks, many people have found themselves at home a lot more due to the virus that’s going around. In order to slow down the spread, we’ve been deep cleaning and disinfecting every part of our homes. Since hardwood floors can be susceptible to water damage, you need to be careful when deep cleaning them. Here are some tips for disinfecting your hardwood floors.
Before You Get Started
The first step in the cleaning process is to know how your flooring was finished: pre-finished, sealed, or urethane coating. Polyurethane, urethane, and polyacrylic finished floors tend to be the easiest to maintain because they are stain and water-resistant. Other types of finishes may not be as durable or protecting so make sure the cleaning and disinfecting methods you choose won’t harm your floors.
Cleaning the Floors
The first step to cleaning your floor should always be to pick up any dust or crumbs using a dry dust mop. You don’t want anything getting stuck in your wet mop and causing scuff marks. There are many cleaners on the market that are specially formulated to care for your hardwood floors. We highly recommend Bona products, which you can purchase right here at Jason Brown Wood Floors!
Keeping Floors Clean
Now that your hardwood floors are clean and looking all shiny and new, you will want to preserve your hard work as long as possible. There are a couple of things you can do to keep dirt and germs off of your freshly cleaned floors:
- Use runners and throw rugs, particularly in high traffic areas. This not only protects from dirt and germs, but it also prevents unnecessary wear and tear on your wood finish.
- Institute a “no shoes in the house” rule. When we go places, our shoes are in constant contact with the ground. Dust, dirt, sand, puddles, restrooms, and everything we walk on can transfer any number of germs onto our shoes. To prevent that from getting into your home, simply have everyone take shoes off upon entering the house. You can even place a shoe rack beside each entry door to make it more convenient.
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.