How Clean is Your Floor? Soft Wood 101

That special care depends upon the material of your floor. If you’re not careful and following the advice of the manufacturer, you could be damaging them with every swipe of a soaking wet mop. Here are some tips on getting your floors, all types of floors, clean in the simplest and safest way possible.

Soft Wood 101

If your floors are made of pine, hemlock, fir, cypress, spruce, cedar or certain species of bamboo, chances are you have softwood floors. Softwood floors tend to dent, scratch and ding easier than hardwood floors, so extra care must be heeded. Just like for hardwood floors, sweep first and then vacuum. Dirt, dust and other particles can scratch the floor when walked on. Be mindful of the floor cleaners you use. Every floor is different. Know which products the manufacturer recommends for your floors. As for all wood floors, moisture is a danger that can cause the floor boards to warp and separate, so when cleaning with a damp mop be sure to dry floors immediately after with a clean, dry towel. Accidental spills can mean big trouble for wood floors if ignored for too long. Clean up accidents as soon as they happen and always follow with a clean cloth or towel to dry.

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