A mop, a broom and a vacuum cleaner are all great tools for successfully cleaning hardwood floors in your home or business.

Use a special cleaner from time to time and you can enjoy those hardwood floors for many years. You won’t be alone; hardwood floors are in big demand, high on the must-have list on HG-TV shows featuring people buying or renovating homes.

Tactics for cleaning hardwood floors in Carlsbad, CA

Your basic maintenance schedule for cleaning hardwood floors will depend on foot traffic of people and pets.

•Clean the floor as needed with a broom or a dust mop. Otherwise, dirt, pet hair and other debris will accumulate, increasing the chance of the floor being scratched.

•A vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment can inhale a heaping helping of dirt. Then you can sweep or “dry mop” the floor to get the residue.

•Another good tool is a mop with a microfiber head that has been specially treated to capture dust bunnies, dirt and pet dander.

More tips for cleaning hardwood floors in Carlsbad, CA

Periodically you should give the floor an enhanced cleaning and shining to extend its life and luster.

Many synthetic cleaning products are made for wood floors. Read the fine print before making your choice and get a product designed for your type of wood floor. Avoid tile and vinyl cleaners; they’re more likely to harm than help.

If you prefer a natural hardwood floor cleaner, you probably already have one in the house: white vinegar. Mix half a cup of white vinegar in a gallon of lukewarm water.

However, be careful! As Better Homes and Gardens notes, hardwood and vinegar don’t always mix well.

“Vinegar can dull certain hardwood flooring finishes, so always test your solution in an inconspicuous spot before using the ingredient to clean your floors,” the magazine said in an editor’s note.

Avoid dirt, blemishes on hardwood floors

To coin a cliche, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cleaning when it comes to hardwood floors.

Use mats at doors to capture dirt before it gets inside and on the floor.

Better yet, take off shoes when you enter the house, and don’t hesitate to ban high heels and other shoes that leave marks on hardwood floors.

Area rugs protect floors from small children playing with toys.

Tips for specific hardwood floor cleaning in Carlsbad, CA

•Fine steel wool will remove heel marks.

•Treatment of unwanted marks and stains depend very much on the hardwood itself. Older homes generally have a soft oiled finish while newer hardwood is treated with urethane, a harder substance.

We will be glad to answer your questions and help solve your problems. Simply contact us at 760-644-5979