Cleaning the Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring in a condo comes with plenty of benefits. Hardwood floors are much cleaner than carpet and better for families with animals as well as allergies. Hardwood flooring comes in a number of colors from dark Jarrah to light pear and anything in between. If you are living in a condo with hardwood floors, whether you have recently installed them or they come with the house, you will want to take proper care to keep them looking like new.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floor care is relatively simple. Essentially you will need to vacuum or sweep, mop and polish and that's it. There are several specialty cleaners you can get for hardwood floors but using a mop and bucket works great too. Just be sure to use a mop with water control. You do not want to leave splashes and puddles of water on hardwood flooring as it can cause them to expand, crack and grow mould underneath.

You can purchase a light vacuum that is designed for hardwood floors at any hardware shop. A broom will also do the trick but a vacuum is much better for sucking up any dirt, debris and dust bunnies that hide in those corners. After you have vacuumed or swept the main dirt away, you can give your hardwood floor a light mop to keep it looking shiny and get rid of any food stains, foot prints and other spots.

To keep your hardwood floors looking shiny and new you may choose to add a polish to your cleaning routine. You can get hardwood floor polish at any hardware shop. You may only need to polish your hardwood floors once or twice a year; too much polish can make your floors slippery and can also cause problems with the adhesive.

Hardwood Floors Concerns

If you notice that your condo hardwood floor has a serious stain then cleaning it up is much easier than if you spill on carpet. You can simply wipe away the stain if it is still wet. If the stain has dried on the floor and has left a large spot, dab a little rubbing alcohol onto the spot. Use the rubbing alcohol sparingly, however, as too much can take off the varnish.

One of the frustrating things about having hardwood floors is that you will be able to see every single hair and every speck of dirt. On the one hand, this is a good thing as it means you know how dirty your floors are. With carpet, for example, often the dirt is hidden and you only realize how dirty your floor has become if you lay down on the carpet or if your family develops serious allergies. On the other hand, by being able to see every speck of dirt you will probably want to sweep and vacuum more often.

How often you choose to clean your hardwood floors will depend on your lifestyle. If you are home all the time and have your children, your pets and guests constantly coming in and out then you will notice your floor gets dirtier a lot faster than someone who lives alone and only walks on the hardwood floors at night and on weekends. You may find that you are giving your hardwood floors a quick sweep every day or you may only need to clean the floors as part of a weekly routine.

Owning a condo with hardwood floors is a blessing. Hardwood flooring looks great in any room and can complement any home decor. With a little maintenance and care you can enjoy cleaning your hardwood floors for many years to come.

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