How to clean your hardwood floors
Our clients often ask us how to clean their hardwood floors after they are installed. We get questions about using steam mops, and other cleaning methods like vinegar and water. The quick answer for steam mops is we don’t recommend them at all for hardwood floors. Here’s an explanation from Rusty Swindoll of the National Wood Flooring Association: “With steam cleaners, you are basically forcing steam down into gaps and end joints of the wood floors. When people use them repeatedly that can cause finish to peel off the edges and/or turn cloudy, and the floor is going to look worn out long before it should. Then the floor will probably need to be totally resanded instead of needing just a recoat.”
We also do not recommend vinegar and water, which was the method used years ago. Because is is acidic, it can dull or damage your finish.
Today we have plenty of wood flooring cleaners that are recommended by the flooring and finish manufacturers. To keep your floors looking their best and wearing well for many years to come, we advise using one of these recommended cleaners. There can be consequences for using another cleaner. It can make recoating a hardwood floor very difficult, and it could also nullify the warranty of the flooring manufacturer or the finish.
If you do use a cleaning product that makes the finish sticky, or leaves behind a residue, the best thing to do next is to call Day Flooring. We will be able to determine the best course of action to restore your finish.