Tips for cleaning your hardwood floors efficiently

Although not many would resort to cleaning as a therapeutic activity, I enjoy my time spent in the comfort of my own home, cleaning my house and relaxing at the same time. I live a pretty stressful life with plenty of responsibilities and struggles at my office, so I most of the times find myself in stressful, tensioned situations. I tried yoga, meditation, and other plenty of relaxing activities that didn’t come with the hoped outcomes.

In fact, I only wasted time and money on activities that didn’t bring me joy and didn’t help me relief from stress. Now, I’m no cleaning fanatic, but I do enjoy my hardwood floors tidy and ready to receive guests, so I only thought it was natural to pick up cleaning as a great method to get rid of negative thoughts, anxiety, anger, stress, and others.

However, cleaning hardwood floors is not as easy as you may consider because this delicate surface is prone to scratches and deterioration if you use harsh chemicals or steamers. Thus, a broom for wooden floors seems like a better option.

If you want to learn more about cleaning hardwood floors efficiently, here are the dos and and don’ts.  

Dos

Use proper products and tech tools to clean your hardwood floors. You should definitely invest in a good vacuum cleaner that will help you get rid of dirt, dust, microparticles, as well as the most common allergens that can cause health issues.

Do use a proper hardwood floor polish every couple of years, depending on the traffic in your home. If you have small children or pets wandering around all day long, I suggest polishing your floors after 2-3 years. A proper sanding and refinish should also be completed after 3-5 years, again depending on the number of people in your household.

Another good tip to look after your hardwood floors is to use carpets or specific covers for hardwood floors. Some carpets come with a rubber inside finish that can damage your floors in time.

 

Don’ts

Avoid using alcohol, soap or vinegar when cleaning your hardwood floors. I know there are plenty of DIY home cleaning products but the acidity of the vinegar will end up destroying your floors, especially if you don’t dilute it with water enough.

As a general rule, you should also avoid soap-based cleaning products because they can stain and permanently damage the floors. Baking soda or lemon juice is also not advised for the same obvious reasons.

If you do care about the environment and want to make a change, I strongly advise you to look for products with natural and active ingredients that will provide you a thorough cleaning without damaging your hardwood floors.

Corded vacuum cleaners vs cordless models

Vacuum cleaners are no doubt a revolutionary gadget to help the house keepers in keeping their homes clean and sparkling. Their numerous benefits like speed of operation, dust collection, deep cleaning, efficiency on different surfaces like hard floors or carpets makes them superior in comparison to brooms and brushes.

Two main categories of vacuum cleaners are available in the current age-corded and cordless. I prefer the corded vacuum cleaners over cordless ones due to the following reasons

  • The corded vacuum cleaners are dependable since they don’t need any charging. I can do as much cleaning as I wish without worrying about charging it after every hour of cleaning.
  • The cordless vacuums are meant to be lightweight and handy due to their structure and demand. If you see other aspect of this advantage is that the cordless vacuum cleaners will be not very powerful since the limit on its motor will be defined by the batteries it is getting power from. Batteries can provide only a limited power supply. My home is big with four kids and two burly pets. I cannot clean all the mess created by this mischievous pack with a small and limited cordless vacuum cleaner.
  • I have seen the cordless vacuum cleaners in numerous homes. I must admit that I am not very impressed by its suction ability. I am really happy with the strong suction of my corded vacuum cleaner.
  • My friends who own vacuum cleaners without cord start looking for a better model after every two or three years. I have been using my corded vacuum cleaner for last five years with no complaints at all. I am pretty sure that it will go like this for another three years. I feel very happy for this decision and a wise investment.
  • The cordless vacuum needs battery replacement when the batteries are worn out. So, it is an extra cost that the owners have to bear.
  • I never have to worry that whether my vacuum cleaner is charged or not before using it. All I need to do is plug and clean. But in case of cordless vacuum cleaners, if you forget to charge it, next time you may have to wait for many hours before you get it charged and complete your cleaning task.

I personally find using corded vacuum cleaners easy and efficient. Others may differ on my views. To sum up a corded vacuum cleaner is a clear winner in efficiency and dependability.