If you’re a fan of the unique natural look of unsealed wood floors, you know how delicate they are. You should also be aware of how much risk there is of ruining them while cleaning.
But don’t worry; you can still save your floors from damage! Follow the next steps to remove the grime from unsealed wood.
Step 1. Keep the floor clear
Having a clear path will help you avoid damaging the unsealed surface while cleaning. So, start by removing anything that shouldn’t be on your floor, like knick-knacks, shoes, etc.
Then, you can go ahead and grab a broom to get sweeping—or use your trusty vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment (or rubber wheels if possible). Now that you removed the dust and debris, nothing should scratch your floor when mopping.
Step 2. Prepare a safe floor cleaner
While several store-bought chemical cleaners are useful for cleaning many surfaces, when it comes to unsealed wood floors, it is best to skip them altogether.
So, in this case, using a simple mix of water and dish soap is more than enough. Fill a bucket (big enough to dip a mop in) with clean water and add a few slashes of mild dish soap.
Can I just use a store-bought cleaner?
You may not know that most wood floor cleaners are only for sealed and finished surfaces. This means they might not work well with your unsealed floors and may also corrode and scratch the wood.
However, you may still come across one product that works on unsealed wood floors. If you choose it, just make sure to spot-test it first.
Step 3. Mop the floor carefully
Mopping is pretty intuitive in the case of unsealed floors. However, some small details can make a big difference when doing this task.
First, too much liquid on wood floors is one of the easiest ways to ruin them, so wring your mop thoroughly every time you use it.
You should also mop in small sections and dry them as soon as you’re done to prevent the water from penetrating and swelling the wood.
Pro tip: mopping in the direction of the grain will make the process smoother and prevent any dirt from getting caught in the small crevices of the wooden surface.
Can I use a steam mop?
Steam mops remove the grime through moisture and heat, none of which are great for wood floors, especially when unsealed. So, using a steam mop for this particular task is a big no-no!
Pro tip: How to deal with stubborn stains
If you’re dealing with tough stains, simply mopping the floor may not be enough. However, there is a simple extra thing you can do: use mineral spirits.
This natural solvent is excellent for removing stubborn stains without damaging the wood (as long as you don’t pour it directly onto the surface). Simply dab a clean cloth in your mineral spirits and wipe the stain a few times until it’s gone—it’s that simple!
Need a hand with the rest of your place?
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