ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance offers tips and tricks for maintaining hardwood floors. Too often do hardwood floors suffer wear and tear that decreases their value and increase the amount of money that you spend on maintenance. Below, ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance lists several ways home or business owners can use to care for their hardwood floors and avoid costly janitorial services in Lincoln, NE.
- Avoid harsh cleansers. No bleach, no Pine Sol. Cleansers can damage your wood floors and make them show wear quickly, not to mention removing the beautiful hardwood shine that we all enjoy. There are plenty of hardwood-ready cleansers on the market, and in a real pinch, you can make a decent hardwood floor cleaner. (Mixing 1 part white vinegar with 1 part olive oil)
- Use soft-bristled tools. Straw brooms and hard-bristled vacuum cleaners can scratch and abrade the service of your hardwood floor, making them dull and weary. When you sweep, use a soft-bristled broom, and if you have to vacuum, use the softest attachment you can find. The beater bars on any vacuum cleaner will wreak havoc on your hardwood floors.
- Place rugs in high-traffic areas. Over time, foot traffic itself can degrade the appearance of a hardwood floor. Rugs keep the floor underneath looking great, simply just vacuum often or the dirt will eventually work its way through the carpet.
- Keep your mops damp, not wet. Excess amounts of water will become absorbed into your hardwood floors, causing it to swell and become uneven. All spills on hardwood floors should be wiped immediately, and the floor itself should be damp-mopped every other day.
- If your floors are oiled, use oil-friendly cleaners. Too many beautiful hardwood floors have been ruined when a well-intentioned janitor or husband grabbed a cleaner intended for unfinished hardwood and used it on finished hardwood. Read labels and don’t make that mistake yourself.