It is an investment to purchase a home. Maintaining it can affect its resale value. Keeping your floors looking clean and new is very important if you want your home’s resale value to be maintained. Flooring is the most highly trafficked area of your home. Whether carpet, tile, or even hardwood floors, will get stained.
If you have hardwood floors, you know they can be quite difficult to keep clean. Not only do you have to worry about dirt and dust, but you also have to worry about stains. The best approach to remove the stains in your hardwood floors depends on the kind of stains present on your floor. Unfortunately, there are no one-way fixes at all. Here are some tips on removing common stains from your hardwood floors.
- For general dirt and grime, start by sweeping or vacuuming your floor. Then, mop the floor with a mixture of warm water and gentle soap. Be sure to dry the floor afterwards, so the wood does not warp.
- If you have a grease stain, start by blotting up as much grease as possible with a paper towel. Then, apply soap to the stain. Rinse with warm water and blot dry.
- If you have a coffee or tea stain, start by blotting up as much of the liquid as possible with a paper towel. Then, mix one part vinegar and two parts water in a container. Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse with warm water and blot dry.
- If you have a wine stain, start by blotting up as much of the wine as possible with a paper towel. Then, mix one part white vinegar and two parts water and apply them to the stain. Let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse with warm water and blot dry.
- Your pets’ urine can stain your hardwood floor at home. You can use hydrogen peroxide or another enzymatic cleaner, like baking soda, to lift pet stains from your hardwood floor. If doing so doesn’t remove the stain, you might end up having to buff the area of the floor and refinish the area. This is the only way to guarantee the stain is gone, and the urine smell is too.
Hardwood floors are beautiful but can be challenging to maintain because they are susceptible to staining from dirt, dust, grease, coffee, tea, wine, and pet urine. Although it may seem daunting, there are ways to quickly and easily remove these common stains with items you probably already have in your home. So next time your hardwood floors get stained, don’t panic! Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll have them looking good as new in no time.”