When/How To Vacuum, Polish, Buff & Deep Clean Hardwood Floors

When/How To Vacuum, Polish, Buff & Deep Clean Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors require a lot of maintenance and cleaning to keep them in good condition and looking good. The five main ways to clean hardwood are: 

  • Regular Vacuuming
  • Buffing
  • Cleaning/Mopping
  • Polishing
  • Deep Cleaning
In this article, we will go over how to clean hardwood floors, when to clean them, and the Bissell BigGreen Commercial Equipment that makes cleaning hardwood floors possible. Need equipment for your business? Give us a call for recommendations on commercial vacuums, floor scrubbing machines, & more! 

How Often Do I Need To Clean My Hardwood Floors

Before we get into cleaning hardwood floors let’s discuss the ‘when’. Whenever anyone asks “how often” the answer is never as clearcut as X number of times per week/month. You will often see people say “regularly” as a response. This is because the number of times you need to clean hardwood floor can be determined based on foot traffic, cleaning goals, the type of property you have. For example hardwood floors in a restaurant might need more frequent cleaning services than in an office building because of the increased foot traffic, the increased likelihood of messes, & the need to keep things looking spotless for customers. 

We will be basing the “whens” on averages for this article, but you might want to increase or decrease the frequency. 

How To Take Care Of & Clean Your Hardwood Floors

Vacuuming Your Hardwood Floors

Daily Cleaning

One activity that should be done every day or every other day is vacuuming your hardwood floors. Not only will this improve the appearance of your floors, but it can also prevent debris from getting between or under the planks and cause damage. Dirt and other coarse debris can also scratch the surface of the wood. We recommend vacuuming based on the foot traffic of your property. If you need a vacuum for hardwood floors consider looking through our vacuum upright vacuum cleaners.

Buffing Your Hardwood Floors

Every 1-3 Days

If your hardwood floors see a lot of foot traffic you should consider buffing out any scratches or scuffs a few times each week. Getting rid of scratches and scuffs early on can greatly improve the look of your floors and prevent damage from occurring. We recommend a machine like the BGFS5000 for buffing & polishing hardwood.

Mopping/Cleaning Hardwood

As Needed

Sometimes mopping your hardwood floors is necessary, A quick mopping with a ph neutral cleaner is recommended for many different types of hardwood floor. Just make sure that the floor is fully dried after cleaning. Excess water can greatly damage hardwood flooring. You should also avoid using too much water as you clean. 

Wax Polishing For Hardwood Floors

Every 2-4 Months

Waxing your floors can make them shine and provide extra protection for your hardwood floors. Using a tool like the BGFS5000 you can easily polish your floors. Many Bissell floor machines have interchangeable pads and brushes allowing you to clean across multiple floor services and provide different cleaning options from brushing up dirt to polishing and buffing. 

Deep Cleaning

Every 2-4 Months

The term “deep cleaning” ha many meanings but for hardwood floors refers to a more dedicated cleaning project. While vacuuming and mopping can help handle visual messes and dirt. Deep cleaning involves vacuum, mopping, and other cleaning techniques used in tandem to provide a deeper clean to your hardwood floor. 

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