Installing hardwood floors is one of our most popular jobs here at Floor Coverings International of Austin. After the installation is done, and our guys leave your home, make sure you are equipped with the resources and are fully aware of how to properly care for your brand new floors. An inevitable question that we often receive is about the best way to clean the floors. We’ll outline a few of the best ways to clean your hardwood floors, as well as what to avoid when cleaning them.

First off, make sure you have somewhat of a scheduled time to clean your floors. We recommend doing this to make sure you include it in your home maintenance calendar or checklist. Cleaning your floors, especially hardwood floors, is important to keep up with to ensure you’re doing what you can to prolong the life of your floors.

For the most basic cleaning such as dusting, clearing dirt, or small messes start with a mop that has been prepped with a dusting agent. The agent will help to pick up any debris that could potentially scratch the floor long term. A vacuum will also do the trick and is definitely okay to use, but make sure you don’t use one with a beater bar attached as it can scratch the floors.

In the event that you find a mark or stain, there are ways to get rid of them, but be sure not to use any harsh chemicals or materials. You don’t want to make it worse by using cleaning substances and tools that can ruin or damage the floor further. Something important to note, is that the finish style of your floors will determine the best methods to clean or remove stains. If you’re not sure what finish you have, try a couple of online resources or give your installation crew a call to find out. A hard finished floor is a little easier to clean, and most stains can come off with a mild solution and soft cloth. Softer finishes aren’t as trendy today, but they are still in lots of homes. If you fall into this category, there is a chance that stain can penetrate through the wood, so be sure to catch the stains and get rid of them quickly. Using a very soft, fine steel wool and gentle strokes, slowly buff out the stain with floor wax. You can also try dishwashing detergent with a cloth to start, before moving to something a little heavier like steel wool. Regardless of the type of finish you have, wrap up your work with waxing and buffing the spot out so that the floor matches and looks as good as new!

To tackle more difficult issues that would require a deep cleaning, use a diluted wood-cleaning product. Use a sponge or towel so that it’s only slightly damp, and run it along the floor. Wipe it up as you go so that you don’t damage the floors by letting the cleaning solution soak for too long.

At Floor Coverings International of Austin, our goal is to be your go-to for any and all of your home flooring needs. Don’t forget to give us a call if you’d like to schedule a consultation to upgrade or install new floors!