Everything You Need To Know About Hard Floor Cleaning
When it comes to maintaining your hardwood floor, most people are unaware of what terms like buffing and waxing entail.
Many times when the cleaning agency has had a look at your floor and suggest certain treatments, most clients feel intimidated by the fancy terms and their prices. Below, we explain the intrinsic terms involved in cleaning your floors and how to go about doing it so that you know which floor cleaning service you need and what you are paying for. Terms related to floor cleaning1. Floor WaxingWith years of use and abuse, you will often notice that your hard wood floor has become dull and that the fine finish has lost lustre and even scratched in some areas. When you wax your floor, the cleaners will first remove the previous layer of wax using a stripping solution and stripping machine. When this layer has been stripped, a new layer of wax is coated on the floor which gives it an intact look and a renewed shine. 2. Buffing and burnishingSince floor waxing is an extensive process and very expensive, most people opt for buffing or burnishing when their floors have been damaged. This is a temporary repair mechanism to make your floors shine and work out scratches on the surface. A buffing machine will flatten the surface, making it more reflective so that it appears more shiny and smoothen it out so that scratches are evened out and friction on the floor is optimized to prevent slipping accidents. Essentially buffing and burnishing are the same process, but burnishing is used for more rough and damaged surfaces since this process works at a higher speed than buffing. 3. Floor washingOften time, all a floor needs is a simple cleaning routine that will remove stray dust and dirt particles that would otherwise scratch the floor’s finish. A simple floor wash will do a quick job when you don’t have the time or expenses to do a complete cleaning routine like buffing or waxing. Cleaning routineBefore you begin any floor cleaning treatment, always sweep or vacuum the surface so that no grit is left behind that can scratch the wood’s surface.
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The broom or vacuum attachment you use should have a soft bristle head that remains stationary (unlike the beater bar or power rotator brush head). Wipe away spills and spots with a neutral cleaning agent created for use on hardwood floor using a microfiber soft cloth. If you have to scrape off candle wax or chewing gum off the floor, use some ice to solidify the substance before you scrape it off with a plastic scraper. Then wipe the area with a soft, damp piece of cloth. You should try and avoid cleaning your hardwood floor with a wet-mop or any other liquid. Before you use any machine to clean your floor, do ask the professional cleaners or the company that installed your floors whether that is safe to be used on your kind of floor and finish. Under no circumstance are you to use harsh cleaning equipment such as steel wool pads or scouring powders. Also, in winters, your floor might develop cracks; don’t try to fill them as they will expand and fit in the summer. In warm weather, it might be a good idea to use a dehumidifier to reduce wood shrinkage in excess moisture.
Using floor mats, rugs and carpets is also a good way to reduce the wearing of your floorboards.