How to Easily Clean Hardwood Floors
You can use the disposal cloth mopping systems commonly found in stores, but buying those refills can get pricey. If you use a vacuum, you need to be careful not use a beater bar attachment or it can scratch the wood floor. Steam cleaner appliances can be expensive. You must remember that excessive exposure to water and or steam may cause floors to warp over time. Because steam is very light, it can penetrate those thin gaps between the wood panels. Check to make sure that steam cleaning is covered under your floor’s warranty.
That’s why I prefer to choose a mop and one that does not have to be wrung out by hand!
When cleaning your hardwood floors, you should not let water stay standing on the floor because excess water can damage the wood. Be sure and remove the excess moisture.
You can also use a wood-cleaning product. Water based polishes will not leave residues or strip the surface and are considered to be the safest for your hardwood floors. Always follow the instructions from the manufacturer. You can make your own floor cleaner with one part vinegar to 10 parts warm water. You can also add a few drops of liquid Castile soap.
If you choose to use a floor cleaner, then rinse the mop when you finish, wring out excess water and then go over the floor once more with just a damp mop to remove the cleaner.
Another tip I read about was to use black tea steeped in boiling water for a few minutes. You can pour the tea into a bucket and let it cool or add cold water to bring the temperature down. Test it on a small hidden area of the floor to check for any discoloration and see the details here before you get started.
- Built-in wringer for hands- free wringing
- Foot pedal to activate spin wringing and control moisture level
- Splash guard on the bucket: all the water stays in the bucket
- Adjustable handle (I’m not the only one here who can mop the floor!)
- I can quickly grab it and spot mop just before company arrives. When my hardwood floors are clean, I get so many compliments on them.
Just a few days ago, I hosted about 50 guests at my home the night before my daughters’ wedding. I used my mop right before the company arrived and I sure used it after they left! I highly recommend it.
How it Works
The O-Cedar mop has a foot pedal and when you push it down with your foot, it wrings out the water. You don’t have to touch a dirty mop at all. Whirring the mop around with your foot is kind of fun.
It has a splash guard so no dirty water splashes out and a fill to line so you know just how much water to add to the bucket.
The deep-cleaning microfiber head is triangle shaped so it gets into nooks and crannies and it also absorbs dirt and spills easily.
The O-Cedar mop is not just meant for hardwood floors. it can be used on any solid surface including laminate floors and tile.