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What NOT to Use on Your Wood Floors

Feb 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM

The hardwood flooring in your home represents a significant investment. When it’s time to clean it, how do you know what to clean your wood floors with and what to avoid? Here’s the scoop:

What NOT to Use on Your Wood Floors
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Topics: Wood Floor Cleaning

Tips For Keeping Wood Floors Clean

Sep 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s easy to see why wood floors are a valuable part of any home.  They are beautiful, sturdy, and enhance whatever type of room they are in.  They’re also relatively easy to clean, though it’s important that you don’t overlook the maintenance cleaning.  Our tips will help you keep your wood flooring in great shape and looking good! Here are our most important tips for maintaining your hardwood floors:
  • Sweep daily - One of the most important things you can do for your floors is to sweep them regularly.  This keeps them looking their best, but more importantly, removes all soil and debris that could otherwise get ground down into the boards and cause damage.  Sweep the high traffic areas daily, including around the cabinets and island in the kitchen, or inside the mudroom.  Spot sweep any crumbs or debris when you see them.  Areas of less foot traffic can be swept every other day.
  • Mop weekly - Beyond the daily sweeping, give your wood floors a weekly mopping with a high quality cleaner that is specifically formulated for wood flooring.  Use a soft cloth mop, and mop gently so that the applicator head does not scrape or scratch the wood.
  • Find the right floor cleaner - Rather than soap, you’ll want to use a cleaner that is specially formulated to have a neutral pH.  Avoid using soap, as it can leave a residue that will attract dust and dirt once it dries, and avoid using any abrasive cleaning agents, as they can scratch and dull your floor.  
  • Don’t overwet - Moisture is an enemy of wood flooring.  When mopping, you want to cover the floor evenly, but not overly saturate it. Use a damp mop rather than a sopping wet one.
  • Clean by hand (when needed) - Clean the corners, stairs, and hard-to-reach places of your wood floor the old fashioned way: on your hands and knees.  Use your same cleaning solution, but apply it by hand, using a soft cloth, rather than with the mop.
  • Finish to protect - Apply a good quality, compatible finish to the wood floor in order to protect the surface and provide a barrier against moisture.  Most hardwood floor finishes on the market will leave a thick, waxy feel and look to your floor, and will peel up, sometimes pretty quickly after they’ve been applied.  It’s usually best to hire a good professional wood floor cleaning company and have their technicians apply a high quality coating to your floors.
  • Use mats - Put down mats and area rugs to add another level of protection for your wood floor.  A welcome mat outside the house can trap a lot of the dirt from being tracked in from outside.
  • Hire professional wood floor cleaners - At least once per year, treat your wood flooring to a high quality cleaning by the best professional cleaning company in your area.  Nothing makes wood floors sparkle better than a good professional cleaning!

You might have bamboo flooring in your modern downtown Jacksonville loft, or refinished maple in your San Marco home, or restored oak flooring in your historical Riverside Avondale home.  Regardless of the type of wood floor you have, it deserves the best floor cleaning service you can find.  The best cleaning company Jacksonville FL homeowners love and trust is First Coast Home Pros.  Our technicians are extensively trained in the techniques needed for cleaning every type of flooring, with special training for wood floor cleaning.  We’ll even apply a specialized finish to keep them looking good long after we’ve left!  For a clean and beautiful home right down to the wood floors, call on First Coast Home Pros.


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Topics: Wood Floor Cleaning

Cleaning Tips to Allergy Proof Your Home

Apr 22, 2014 1:39:00 PM

Allergy_Proof_Home_CustomFor many allergy sufferers, the worst part of the affliction is that even in the comfort of their own homes – their own beds even – they find no relief. Pet dander, spring pollen, mold spores and dust are everywhere around us, even when we sleep. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t give up yet. Here are some cleaning tips to allergy proof your home.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning, Window Cleaning, Wood Floor Cleaning, Air Duct Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Tile & Grout Cleaning

Wood Floor Care: Tips and Tricks

Dec 3, 2013 12:10:00 PM

wood floorsThere are many different options to choose from when you are choosing your flooring material; however, hardwood is one of the most popular choices, and for good reason. Hardwood provides a beautiful elegant look that fits any type of home design, from a more traditional style to a modern or contemporary look. If you decide to go with hardwood floors, then you’ll need to consider hiring a Jacksonville wood floor cleaning service every once in a while to keep your hardwood floors looking as good as new. If you don’t take care of your wood floors, they’ll end up wearing down over the years – thereby losing their luster and possibly even becoming damaged.

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Topics: Wood Floor Cleaning, house cleaning, Housekeeping

Cleaning and Maintaining Various Floorings

Jul 3, 2013 8:51:00 AM

Expert Floor Care Information by Deland Moghimi with our friends at Orlando's Perfect Pear - Professional Cleaners of Fine Fabrics, Rugs, Carpets, and Floors.
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Topics: Carpet Cleaning, Wood Floor Cleaning, Tile and Grout Cleaning

Wood Floor Cleaning Tips

Dec 28, 2012 10:47:34 AM

Wood Floor Cleaning Maintenance Tips:

1) Use mats / rugs in traffic areas and doorways.  Avoid rubber backed mats as they may discolor the floor.

2) Place felt pads under furniture legs.

3) Dust mop with a microfiber mop and use a floor cleaner with a pH close to neutral.  If you need to use a high pH cleaner to remove heavy soiling (such as ammonia), we recommend a second cleaning with a neutral... pH cleaner to neutralize the floor.

4) Do not use wax or silicone based polishes or cleaners.  Some wood flooring cleaners may actually make the floor more difficult to clean by leaving a build up of residue.

5) Avoid deep scratches as they can be costly to repair!

6) For an intensive cleaning and refinisher maintenance coating, call us.  Our Wood Floor Cleaning service is guaranteed to rejuvenate and revitalize tired floors.

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Topics: Wood Floor Cleaning

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