Deep cleaning of hardwood floors
A weekly mopping cannot help you get rid of all dirt and grime built up over time. Although regular mopping is required to remove dust, it is not enough to ensure a completely healthy environment for you and your family.
Deep cleaning is what you need to do every spring and before the winter holidays. This will keep your hardwood floors shiny and will preserve them looking their best.
What we recommend for deep cleaning of your hardwood floors is using some wood-cleaning product. Dilute it according to the label instructions into a bucket filled with water. Then use a clean rag or mop to thoroughly wipe the floor. Wring it almost dry so it feels only slightly damp to the touch.
The best way for deep cleaning, however, is hands & knees cleaning, as mops just push things around. Dip in a rag into the cleaning mixture, wring out as much water as you can, and wipe, wipe, wipe. Rinse, repeat. Change the water when it gets dirty.
When you are finished, use plain water to wipe the floor once more if the cleaning product requires it. Wipe up the excess liquid as moisture can damage the wood.
Before using a cleaning solution, vacuum or swipe the floor to remove any bigger particles as food crumbs or pet hair. Vacuuming is required every week.
Try not to be wearing shoes in the house to avoid getting ground into the finish. This will make the cleaning process easier.