Friday, June 6, 2014

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips Part 3

Part three of our series on hardwood floor cleaning tips explores the importance of knowing your floor before you begin.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning:  First Off Know Your Floor

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It is important that you know what type of hardwood floor that you have.  Why?  Well, different types of hardwood floors require different types of care.  Do you have hickory flooring or teak parquet?  Is it heart of pine, or do you have oak?  Is it a solid hardwood floor, or a veneer?  The answers to these questions help you to narrow down what you're going to need to do where hardwood floor cleaning is concerned.  However it isn't just knowing your floor type, you also have to know what type of finish your hardwood floor has.
Hardwood floor finishes fit into two categories.  Your hardwood floor either has a surface finish, or a penetrating one.  A lot of times, hardwood floor comes from the manufacturer with a surface finish as a rule.  Usually made of polyurethane, the finish fan be damaged if you use the wrong product or cleaning method.  If your floor is glossy, it is most likely a surface finish.  If the finish is more matte level, it is probably a penetrating finish.    No matter what type of floor you have, there are certain no no's to avoid at all costs.

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floor and Not Wreck It

For one thing, water is one of your hardwood floor's biggest threats, so never ever wet mop it.  Damp mopping is okay sometimes, but again, use caution.  Another thing you want to avoid is any harsh chemicals.  You could strip off your floor's finish, which if you want to do hardwood floor refinishing isn't a problem, however, it is a problem when you just want to do a bit of cleaning.
So remember, know what you're doing.  Avoid water on your hardwood floor.  Make sure people take off their shoes, particularly ones like high heels or boots that can scratch the floor up, and make sure that there are mats at every doorway.  And above all else, if you don't know what you're doing, call someone in who does, such as a hardwood floor refinishing service in Los Angeles.
This concludes part two of our series on hardwood floor cleaning.  Be sure to read part one and part two  as well.
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
(310) 545-8750