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Cleaning Wooden Floors

A polished wooden floor adds a touch of elegance to any home, but nasty stains will quickly ruin the look of your classy hardwood. Here's the low-down on how to clean your floorboards.

General wood floor cleaning

Vacuum or sweep the floor first to remove any dust and debris.

After that, a mop and a bucket of soapy water is all you usually need to keep your wood floor clean. Work in long, firm strokes and don't forget to replace the water if it gets too dirty.

Mop again with fresh, clean water to remove any soap residue, and buff the floor with clean, dry towels to leave those planks gleaming!

Cleaning wooden floors

Wooden floor stains

The condition of your floor will determine how easy it is to remove stains. If your floor is well sealed, any stains should come out with the right cleaning product .

If your floor is old and the seal has worn off, you might need to strip the floors, sand off the stain, then finish and reseal them.

Removing general stains from wood floors

Marks caused by food, wine, ink, lipstick and nail polish should come out with hot water, dish detergent and a soft cloth. Remember that the sooner you tackle the stain, the quicker it will come out!

Removing blood and grease stains from wood floors

Rub blood or grease stains with a soft cloth dipped in cold water with a little ammonia mixed in.

For particularly stubborn stains, soak the cloth in the ammonia mix and lay it on top of the stain until the mark disappears.

Removing urine stains from wood floors

Your pet's little 'accident' on your hardwood floor isn't the end of the world. If the stain is fresh, scrub it with a cloth and some hot water mixed with scouring powder.

If it's an old stain, mix 1 part household bleach with 10 parts water and scrub thoroughly.

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