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3 Helpful Tips for Cleaning Your Wood Floors During the Summer

3 Helpful Tips for Cleaning Your Wood Floors During the Summer

Wondering how to clean your wood floors when they seem to get extra grimy? The upside to summers in Myrtle Beach is more barbeques, parties, outdoor endeavors, and trips to the beautiful coast. With an increase in fun activities, you’ll probably notice the added traffic brings in more dirt and dust to deal with during these few months.

Keep your hardwood floors looking their best with these three constructive tips:

1. Avoid using detergents and soaps

Though it may be tempting to use a product that sanitizes and deep cleans hard surfaces, this can be a huge no-no when it comes to wood or engineered wood flooring. The surface can be easily damaged with harsh chemicals and at worst may necessitate repairs or even replacement of the wood.

Water generally works just fine, but If you absolutely need a stronger solution, use a cleaning product designed specifically for the type of wood flooring you have. And most importantly, follow the instructions directly so you don’t overdo it!

An effective method for disinfecting your floors is to add a small amount of white vinegar to your water while doing your summer cleaning. A hint of vinegar is strong enough to kill germs but mild enough to leave your wood looking beautiful and rich.

2. Remove dirt and debris before mopping

Not all dust and tiny fragments like food crumbs or sand are easy to see on the floor, especially if you have a lighter wood pattern in your home. Even if it seems like the hardwood floor is clear of debris, take the time to vacuum or at the very least, run a dry microfiber mop pad over the surface.

If you attempt to mop over the flooring before it is clear of dirt and other bits, the wood surface can get scratched over time and lose its healthy sheen. To get the best results, remove as much dust and debris as possible before mopping.

3. Minimize contact with water

Avoid using sopping wet cleaning materials and instead opt to simply dampen your mop for cleaning. This will prevent leaving excess water sitting on the surface of the wood that can cause damage.

While there’s also nothing better than a dip in the pool on a hot summer day in Myrtle Beach, walking back in the house with wet feet is a mistake for your floors. Make sure to completely dry off before risking drops of water hanging out for too long on the hardwood surfaces.

Laminate and vinyl care

If you’re wondering about the process for laminate or luxury vinyl plank flooring, the tips are essentially the same! Use only cleaning solutions developed specifically for laminate or vinyl, minimize contact with water, and vacuum before mopping.

Remember to give your floor the care it deserves during the summertime and utilize these tips from our Myrtle Beach flooring company, Alpha Flooring LLC.

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