Investing in new hardwood floors is a great option for your home's appeal and style, but it can also boost its value tremendously. Considering potential buyers will pay an estimated $2,080 more for a home with hardwood floors, it is easy to see the benefits of this upgrade for your home. Of course, proper cleaning and maintenance is imperative to protect your flooring investment. Unfortunately, you most likely do not know the proper way to clean up common spills from your wood floors. Using this guide, you can effectively and efficiently clean up spills before damaging your hardwood floors.
Soda, Juice, and Wine – Oh My!
Beverage spills are common, especially if you have young children, but they are a lot easier to clean up from your wood floors compared to carpet and rugs. It is important to clean up soda, juice, and wine as soon as possible, since the sugary residue will create a sticky film on the wood surface. Use the following steps to quickly clean up these common beverages from your hardwood floors:
- Gather a generous amount of paper towels and place on top of the liquid. Press down on the paper towels, allowing them to soak up the liquid spill.
- Combine 2 gallons of hot water and 1 gallon of white vinegar in a bucket.
- Soak a mop in the solution and wring out the excess liquid.
- Move the mop over the area of your floor with the spilled beverage, rinsing the mop head in the solution as you go.
- After washing, rinse off the mop head with clean water and move it over the same area of your floor. This will rinse away any leftover cleaning solution.
As a homeowner, you may want to paint various rooms of your house. Paint may splatter lightly on your wood floors, even when using drop cloths for protection. Fortunately, effective removal is possible. Your best option is to allow the splatters to dry on the floors instead of trying to mop up the sticky paint.
Once dry, use a plastic putty knife to scrape the splatters off the floor. Do not use a metal scraper, excessive force, or digging motions when scraping the paint, since this may damage the wood finish.
Using a hair dryer to apply heat to the paint is effective if the scraper tool does not work. Turn your hair dryer on a medium setting and direct the air a few inches above the paint. Hold it in place for a few minutes or until the paint begins to melt off the floor.
Spills and paint splatters are not the end of the world, but removal is essential to protect the look, value, and function of your hardwood floors. Using these simple solutions, you can protect your wood floors from common beverage and paint spills.
For more information, contact Idaho Hardwood Flooring or a similar company.