Cleaning Hardwood Floors
When looking to make your hardwood floors shine, it is always a smart idea to invest in the right tools. For starters, having a microfiber mop helps you trap dirt and grime faster, making cleaning your floor in one go all the easier. If you are looking for natural alternatives to conventional cleaners, a good idea is to mix a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of water. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial properties and it is also a safe option to use around kids and pets.
You can also try substituting apple cider vinegar with white vinegar or adding a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to mask the smell of vinegar.
How to Remove Scruff Marks
Apart from dirt being a major culprit in making the floors look less shiny than they are, hardwood floors are also susceptible to scruff marks. They can arise out of nowhere anywhere from wearing shoes indoors to moving furniture, you can notice them sneaking up around the entire house. Luckily for us, they can be easily rubbed away with some good’ol elbow grease.
- To remove scruff marks which are on the lighter side, use a sock or something fuzzy like a tennis ball.
- For heavier scruff marks, you can make a baking soda paste with water and apply in on the scruff mark. Leave it for a bit and wipe it away with a damp towel for a seamless clean finish.
Some Tips to Get Clean Floors
- A No Shoes Policy Works Wonders! You have to be extra careful with wooden floors because even a mud mark can make your floors go from looking neat to a complete mess. That is why it is also important to set some house rules like making your house a no-shoe zone and encouraging your guests to do the same, so you have less of a hassle cleaning up later.
- Try Vacuuming Regularly: In order to ensure your hardwood floors are as shiny as they can get, you can go over them with a vacuum cleaner to seal the deal. The vacuum helps in removing dirt from crevices and cracks on the floor and picks up any fine debris or dust.
Clean Up Any Spills ASAP!
Spills are kind of inevitable, but letting them dry on your floor can not only attract additional dirt to it but can also make it look dull and dirty. You should blot these spills immediately after an accident with an absorbent towel until the area is dry.
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