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Cleaning ‘Wood’ Be This Easy!

So you have got wooden flooring for your flat. It is classic, elegant, and adds an earthy and natural element to your cosy home.

Just when you feel secretly pleased with yourself for choosing wood flooring, you begin to see some things that trouble you. Where your floor used to gleam and shine, there are now dull patches, scratches and even dent marks.

These are some common issues that may occur to wood flooring if it is not cleaned and maintained the right way.

Fret not! Check out our simple tips to clean and care for wooden floors, which will help keep yours beautiful for years. 🙂

1. No fixing required when you can simply prevent the damage

Wood is a natural material, so it is important to take some preventive measures to protect it from coming into contact with abrasive materials. One way to do so, is to position mats both outside and inside your main doors to minimise sand particles and grit from getting onto the wooden floor as you set foot in the house.

You can also prevent marks by using floor protectors under furniture and placing rugs in high-traffic areas. Instead of dragging the furniture which will cause scratches and unnecessary noise, try to move it by lifting. Also, wipe any spill immediately as standing liquid may damage the surface of your wooden floor.

2. Cleaning is all about the tools

In fact, wooden surfaces are the easiest to clean as long as you have the right tools to do so. For light and quick cleaning, you can simply use disposable electrostatic cloths which pick up dust, dirt, and hair that can scratch the floor surface. For weekly or biweekly cleaning, use a vacuum cleaner with a floor brush attachment.

For the occasional deep cleansing, damp-mop the floor using a wood-cleaning product diluted according to the label’s instructions. Before mopping, make sure that you wring the mop thoroughly so it feels only slightly damp. Thereafter, rinse the mop in clean water, wring out the excess, and damp mop the floor again to remove the cleaning solution (if required). If the weather is particularly humid, turn on the ceiling fan or air-conditioner to speed up drying.

3. Quick fixes to restore your beautiful floor

Have kids or a pet around the home? Your wooden floor probably needs a little more maintenance due to marks left by your little aspiring ‘artists’ or your pet’s nail scratches. To remove permanent marker ink, simply clean with a bit of toothpaste and damp cloth. For scratches, try using a crayon the colour of your wooden floor and rub it on the scratch marks to fill the gap. Turn a hair dryer on high, then heat up the area where the crayon was applied and buff it with a soft cloth.

For older wooden floors, they can creak a bit more frequently and look duller than when you had them the first day. You can fix the creaky wood floors by simply sprinkling talcum powder and brushing it into the joints between the boards until the floor is no longer noisy. To bring some shine back to your wooden floors, clean with a homemade tea solution. Simply steep two teabags in boiling water for a few minutes, pour the tea into a bucket, damp a soft cloth with the solution, and wipe the floor. You will be amazed by how the tannic acid in tea helps add a beautiful sheen to the wood surface.

If you have other nifty tips to spruce up the home, share them with us via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.

By Jessie Ng
May 24, 2017

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