Hardwood floors are an inarguably timeless feature in any home and with any style. Their unique markings and classic, glossy finish have made them a valuable asset for most homeowners. But, like all nice things, they demand a certain level of upkeep.
If you’re looking to keep your floorboards happy and shiny, be sure to follow these quick pro-tips for dealing with the worst-case scenario: stains!
Pet stains are best tackled with quality steam clean. Unlike the traditional mop, a hard floor cleaner such as a steam cleaner or steam mop uses a smaller amount of water and little to no chemical cleaning products.
This means that you’re getting a faster clean that’s also better for the environment, your family (both human and fur), and also your wallet. But the benefits of steam cleaning don’t just stop there.
Cleaning your floorboards with steam has also been known to kill around 99.9% of all germs and bacteria, as well as being an effective method of eradicating pests like fleas and other small insects.
Steam is also the only way you’ll be able to eradicate all traces of animal urine, even the nasty little bits that have been known to settle between floorboards which, if left unchecked, can potentially lead to wood warping or cracking.
Another added benefit to steaming is that because you’re cleaning with vapor, your floors will dry in only a fraction of time in comparison to using a traditional mop. But if you do find yourself looking at any ominous, dark watermarks on your otherwise flawless floorboards, there are ways you can tackle these stains before any mold has time to grow.
It’s common practice to place a bleach-soaked rag over dark watermarks, as the bleach will actively kill bacteria whilst simultaneously lightening the stain too. But if you have particularly large or stubborn stains, bleach alone might not be enough. In this instance, you should use vinegar prior to several short rounds of bleach.
As a natural cleaner, your vinegar should be able to handle the surface level staining without putting your floor at risk of procuring any more damage. On the other hand, if bleach is applied to your stain for too long, it may damage your polish or any other pre-existing protective coating or treatment on your surface.
Grease or food stains
Spilling cooking oil or dropping your dinner plate is a bad enough experience on its own without having to deal with the clean-up too. But for all of you out there who’ve had to deal with grease stains in the past, you know they can be amongst the most stubborn and tiresome stains to combat.
Thankfully, cleaning grease off your floorboards is oddly a lot easier than cleaning grease out of your oven or off your stovetop. A mixture of vinegar and water can go a long way here. And if this is ineffective, even surface wipes or kitchen detergent can help cut through stubborn grease like a charm.
Just make sure to thoroughly dry the treated area once you’re done, to ensure that no superficial water staining occurs, and also just to double-check that you’ve managed to remove all the grease too.
Your floorboards look their best when you ensure they’re regularly receiving enough TLC. This means regular vacuuming, cleaning, and, maybe a polish every few months to keep the cracks at bay. In return, your floorboards will be picturesque year-round!
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity “Get All A’s” questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
That not all will enjoy my writing.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I appreciate my ability to be creative.