choosing flooring for a home with dogs

Do you have canine family members living in your home? Are they hard on your flooring? If you are thinking about replacing your flooring because the furry family members have done a number on them, take a minute to visit my website. There, you will find a list of possible options that you have to choose from. With each possibly flooring material, comes different maintenance requirements to keep it looking great for many years. I have done a lot of extensive research when trying to find flooring for my home that would hold up to several years of my dog's abuse.

How to Clean & Maintain Shiny Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are durable and look beautiful, as long as you know how to take care of them. From cleaning to buffing and shining, there are many methods you need to be aware of to keeping your floors looking their best without damaging them. Here are some tips to help you keep your floors clean and shiny-looking.

Keep a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Keeping your hardwood floors clean and shiny involves sweeping them often, even several times daily to pick up any dirt or grit that can scratch the wood's finished surface when you walk across it. Watch the dirt accumulation of your floors to determine how often you should be sweeping up debris.

Using a microfiber dry mop or sweeper, or an electrostatic dust mop is a good way to pick up any particles on your floor. You can also sweep them with a broom or a vacuum. If you choose to use a vacuum, take care to not scratch your hardwood floor's surface with the vacuum's wheels or base.

It is also important to remove dirt and debris before you mop your floors. Mopping your floors while they have dirt and dust on them can leave scratches in your hardwood surface and cause them to become dull-looking. Mop your hardwood floors to remove spills, residues, and other non-gritty materials, and should be completed once or twice per week.

Polish With the Right Products

Many types of hardwood floor cleaners and polishes can cause your hardwood's finished surface to become dull and dingy looking. Use a floor cleaning solution that is recommended by your hardwood flooring's manufacturer, or use a simple vinegar and vegetable oil mixture you can make on your own.

Combine white vinegar and vegetable oil in a spray bottle to clean any dull areas on your hardwood floor. Shake to mix the solution and spray it onto your floor, followed by wiping it with a dry cloth or mop. Be sure to use fresh oil each time you clean your floors, as the oil can become rancid as it ages.

Once the residue has dried, use a damp mop to wipe up any residue, followed by drying and buffing with a dry towel, microfiber cloth, or a cloth diaper. The vinegar will remove any build-up and the vegetable oil will restore shine.

Be careful not to use an excessive amount of water when you mop, as this can cause your flooring to become warped and damaged. Wring out your mop so it is damp when you use it to clean the floor's surface. Buff the area using circular motion to create a shine to the hardwood floor's surface.

Use these tips to help you keep your hardwood flooring clean, shiny, and well-maintained.

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20 April 2017