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Disinfecting Your Hardwood Flooring

There are a lot of people with a lot more time on their hands right now. Many of us are at home a lot more than we usually are. In addition to having more time at home with their families, a lot of people are doing extra deep cleaning because of the coronavirus. One of the areas in your house you might have overlooked is your wood flooring. You can’t clean your hardwood floors the same way you do your other flooring, such as kitchen tile. Hardwood floors can have water damage if you use too much water, so you need to proceed with caution. What’s the best way to disinfect your hardwood flooring? We have some ideas.

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Why Do I Need to Disinfect?

Many of us are disinfecting our houses continuously right now to stop the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new (or novel) coronavirus. This virus is new, which means that no one has immunity to it in the general population. While most people who get the virus have a fever and cough, and then recover, others are not so lucky. A small percentage of people who get the coronavirus develop pneumonia. People that are elderly, or who have an underlying medical condition are particularly susceptible. The best thing that you can do to avoid catching the coronavirus is to practice social distancing and keep your house clean.

How Should I Clean My Hardwood Floors?

First, you need to know how your hardwood floor was finished. Different types of flooring have different finishes. Floors that are finished polyurethane, urethane, and polyacrylic are easier to clean, because they are finished to be stain and water-resistant. If your floors are finished with a poly or urethane product, you need to check your cleaning materials to make sure they won’t harm your flooring.

Now that you know what kind of finishing you have on your floors; you need to get started. First, you need to use a dry dust mop to pick up dust and other items–such as food particles–from your floor. Do this first, so that they don’t get stuck in your wet mop because that could cause scuff marks. Next, you can use a cleaner on your floor. Be sure that it is specially formulated for wood flooring.

Once your floors have cleaned and dried, you need to work to protect them. First, you can use runners and throw rugs in high traffic areas, to keep them clean and disinfected. Also, have people take their shoes off when they come to your house. That way, all of the dust, dirt, sand, bathroom and other remnants aren’t tracked through the whole house.

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