About Your Hardwood Floor: Cleaning, Maintenance – and Protecting Against Pet Urine

Cleaning a hardwood floor

What’s so hard about caring for hard wood? Well, due to the raw nature of this natural material, it’s extremely reactive – for that reason special care and attention has to be paid to it. If certain substances are exposed to it over time it can have serious consequences, to give you a hand with this we have made a little .

Dusting

Dust your floors every day with a microfibre mop or swifter. These trap dirt particles, pet hair and other various household allergens with static electricity. Microfibre mop pads are more effective than sweeping with a broom. They’re also safer, since some broom bristles can actually scratch a floor’s surface.

When dusting with a microfibre mop, lift it of the floor as little as possible so that dirt can stay trapped on the pad.

Vacuum

Vacuum once a week with a soft-bristle floor brush attachment. Dust the floor with a microfiber mop before beginning. If you leave a lot of debris on the floor when you vacuum – this can scratch the floor surface. After using the microfibre pad, carefully vacuum the floor using the floor brush attachment.

Pay special attention to the vacuum wheel that can scratch the woods surface if you aren’t careful.

Hardwood Cleaner

Use a hardwood floor cleaner once a month, use the damphead mop with a microfibre head – don’t damped it with water – instead mist the mop head with a specially designed cleaner for hardwood. Use the minimum amount of cleaner required.

Cleaning Pet Urine – Dogs and Cats

YIKES! The dog pee pee-d on the hardwood floor! What is one to do?

Not to worry, we have put together this article in how best to care for a hardwood floor in a manner that will mean that it will last as long as possible.

If the dog went to the toilet on the floor, then start by wasting no time, blot up as much urine as you can with a paper town. Wipe from outside to the centre – this avoids spreading the moisture out.

Wipe it Up!

Once it’s wiped up, try blotting up the remaining spillage with a damp paper towel.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Next up, sprinkle a generous helping of baking soda on the spot, soaking it up more effectively.

Vacuum

Allow the baking soda you have spread over the place to sit for several hours – or even overnight. The next day use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the residue. In order to avoid damaging the wooden floor, make use of a soft brush attachment to the vacuum.

Stain Remover

Now, if there is a discoloured area, soak it with an enzyme based stain remover. Be sure to choose a stain remover that is safe for hardwood floors. It’s also a good idea to test the cleaner first in an inconspicuous area – like inside a closet to make sure that it won’t stain the floor.

Follow the labels instructions – and blot up the excess.

Dog Safe Cleaner Finish!

When it’s clean – clean the floors with a dog-safe cleaner

If you act fast you can halt or limit all damage to your floor – hardwood isn’t the cheapest, so if you can preserve this you will likely be extremely pleased!

The same rules apply for oak internal doors Cheshire, if your animal likes to urine vertically – as they often do!