STEP #3: Clean Wood Floors the Old School Way
First sweep or dust mop your floors, and then vacuum with the beater bar turned off to remove any dirt that can get caught between floorboards. Avoid steam mops because too much moisture and steam can result in a dull finish. If wood floors begin to lose their shine, use a wood floor cleaner recommended by the floor installer to restore the wood to its original beauty.
STEP #4: Clean Wood Floors the New and Improved Way
Completely skip the previous step, and modernize your floor cleaning regime with the ProMist™ MAX Spray Mop. The 180° dual-sided head allows for quick cleaning, plus the microfibre mop pad is reusable and machine-washable. (For best results, we recommend replacing your microfibre mop pad every 3 months.) Safely use the ProMist™ MAX on hardwood, tile, vinyl, laminate, ceramic, and marble surfaces.
STEP #5: Conceal Scratches
Scratches happen on hardwood floors, but they are easy to cover. After dry and wet mopping, simply take a crayon that matches your floor colour and gently rub it on the scratch. No crayons on hand? Most hardware and home improvement stores stock wood crayons in a variety of colours designed to fill in floor scratches. Be sure to bring a sample or picture of your wood floors to get the best colour match. After covering the scratch, heat the area using a hair dryer on the highest setting to set the wax. Finally, buff the area with a soft cloth.
STEP #6: Prevent Damage
To ensure your wood floors last for years to come, place doormats on either side of doorways to minimize the potential for bringing in dirt and moisture from outside. Another way to preserve your hardwood floors is to place felt or rubber protectors under furniture legs. Floor runners and large area rugs also help protect high-traffic areas from scuffs and scratches.
So, there you have it. Protect your investment by using these six simple steps to clean and maintain your wood floors so they stay gorgeous and glowing for years to come.