How To Clean Distressed Hardwood Floors

How To Clean Distressed Hardwood Floors

What's not to love about distressed hardwood flooring?
• Quality wooden floors last for decades and even improve with age.
• The classic appeal of distressed wooden flooring has stood the test of time.
• Real estate agents have found that homes boasting wooden floors sell twice as readily as houses with other floor finishes.
• Wooden floors are hygienic, eliminating allergen-producing dust mites, fleas and dust.
• Unpleasant odors from spills and so on don't get trapped in wood flooring.
• Hardwood flooring is easy to clean.

Cleaning your hardwood need not be hard work
Your passion for beautifully distressed hardwood floors may be rooted in many of the benefits listed above, but surely the biggest advantage on a day-to-day basis is the ease with which they can be cleaned.

How to clean a distressed hardwood floor:
1. Start with a good mop for effortless cleaning. While a dry mop pad is ideal, a damp mop can be used for hard to remove dirt, but it is important that you always make sure to wring it out as dry as possible. You never want standing water on your hardwood floor. Alternatively, sweep or vacuum your floors to remove loose dirt and debris.

2. Using a product recommended for wood floors, lightly spray the cleaner either directly onto your floor, or onto your mop. Avoid excessive liquid on hardwood floors at all costs.

For an environmentally friendly option, combine one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water and two of teaspoons of essential oil. The ACV contains tannins, which condition the wood as it cleans.

Apply gentle pressure using a back and forth motion for squeaky clean results. Moisture should evaporate within about a minute. (If it takes longer, you have used too much liquid.)

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