What To Expect When You Have Your Hardwood Floors Cleaned

Posted on: 26 November 2015

Just because you have hardwood floors instead of carpeting, it doesn't mean you don't need professional floor cleaning services on a regular basis. This is especially true if you have allergies and want to keep your floors as clean and free from dirt and dust as possible. You can dust and sweep your wood floors, but that usually just cleans off the surface, and it may even drive dirt deeper into the cracks and crannies of the floor. To get the best results, you should hire a professional floor cleaner. This is what you can expect.

Floor Is Vacuumed First

The first step to deep cleaning the floors is to remove all the grit and dust from the surface by thoroughly vacuuming the floors. This may also include vacuuming and dusting the baseboards so no dust is knocked from them onto your floors while working. The cleaners may also pin up your drapes to get them away from the floors. The goal is to remove as much dust as possible and keep dust and dirt off the floor until the job is finished.

Deep Cleaning Machine Is Next

Once the floor is ready, it is cleaned with a commercial cleaning machine that combines cleaning solution with a powerful vacuum. While it usually isn't a good idea to use liquid cleaners on your hardwood floor, it is safe to do so with one of these machines. The cleaning solution is forced into the floor and then sucked out so the floor is dry immediately afterward. There is no worry about water stains or damage. This technique busts up ground in dirt and debris that is worked into the finish of the floor. By using commercial equipment, your floor will be much cleaner and brighter than can be achieved by cleaning the floor yourself.

Touching Up By Hand Is The Final Step

After using the cleaning machine, the cleaner will probably go over your floor by hand and use a brush and cloth on areas missed by the big machine. He or she may need to brush out seams between the planks or the groove near the baseboard. After using the brush, all dust and debris that are worked loose is wiped up with a microfiber cloth that clings to dust and other tiny particles. After this step, your floor will be clean and ready for use. However, you may want to go one step further and have your floor's top coat refreshed if you want to restore the sheen on the floor. A top coat refresher won't repair damage such as scratches and stains, but it will make the wood glossy again.

By having your wood floors professionally cleaned on a regular basis, you'll keep them looking like new, and you'll prevent scratches caused by ground in dirt and grit. A professional like J Maintenance Co can deep clean the wood, which is beneficial if you have allergies or pets in your home. You may want to have your floors cleaned as often as once a year, or even more often than that if your floors get a lot of use from a house full of kids and pets.

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