Reclaimed wood floors cleaned and treated properly will last for years to come.
Here are some tips to maintain the unique look that comes with high quality, durable flooring.
Sweeping on a regular or daily basis is your first line of defense against damage to your floors. Using mats at door entrances is the best way to reduce almost 80% of the dirt that could be brought into the home by shoes alone. Sweeping high traffic areas more frequently will keep small particles from collecting. A soft, indoor broom and non-metal dustpan are ideal tools for regular sweeping.
Water, mud or liquid spills left unattended will cause damage to wood surfaces. It’s best to mop or wipe up spills immediately. Wood floors in kitchens and bathrooms need to be monitored carefully. Additional water absorbing mats strategically placed in potential water hazard areas will help preserve the wood finish and prevent standing water damage.
Wood safe vacuums – or vacuums on a smooth/wood floor setting – are also a great way to manage dust and particles, especially dirt that can fall into the floorboards. Vacuum attachments are also a convenient way to clean along the baseboards and hard to reach places.
Deep Cleaning that Matches the Finish
How you clean your reclaimed hardwood floors depends on how the floor surface has been treated or sealed.
Surface-sealed floors can be cleaned with a damp mop and cleaner that works best for your particular finish. Never use ammonia-based cleaners or anything containing abrasives. Oil-based products will leave a residue and can also leave the floors with slick coating. Vinegar or steam will dull the finish and should be avoided as well. Plain soap is mild enough for sealed floors but should be mixed with water and used sparingly.
Waxed or unfinished reclaimed wood floors should never be cleaned with a damp mop or liquid products. Adding a new coat of wax once or twice a year – or more in high traffic areas – will help maintain and protect the finish.