People take out the dead Christmas tree and get the home back in day-to-day order, following the holiday’s closing. The hardwood floors start to show some damage or other such blemishes, as the holiday cleanup. In an effort to remedy a few common situations that occur on your hardwood floors during the Christmas cleanup, we at Silver State Floor Restoration have a few suggestions.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for the Holidays
1) Cleaning Blackened Floors. Hardwood floors that have been left with the old grimy, blackened floors can yet be saved with some cleaning and elbow grease. Combine a few ounces of cleaning product that contains trisodium phosphate with a gallon of ultra hot water and lightly sponge the mixture onto the area. Scrub clean with a soft bristled brush if needed. Be sure to wipe the area with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth immediately. Do the process in sections as liquid is not friendly to wood floors. If you are at all uncomfortable with the procedure, call in the professionals.
2) Scuff Mark Removal. With a pencil’s eraser, the scuff marks left by shoes can be eliminated quickly.
3) Repair Squeaky Floors. A lot of circumstances may result in a professional repair or replacement, but before you seek drastic measures, sweep some talcum powder into the joints between the boards. The simple maintenance step can cease the squeaking issue but should it persist, call in the experts.
4) Cleaning Christmas Tree Sap. To enrich the home with the rich evergreen fragrances to bring in Christmas tree many people will utilize freshly cut Christmas trees. The needles drop, the water spills, and the sap get on the floor as the holiday season progresses. The sap can cause a lot of issues, where the needles can be vacuumed up and the water mopped up. To remove tree sap from your hardwood floor, check below to try out any of the methods we have provided.
Method #1 Ice: Directly on top of the sap, place a zip lock baggy with ice cubes. Use a blunt edge to peel off the hard sap, after 10-15 minutes, or until it is hardened. With an approved hardwood cleaner and dry immediately, wipe the area down to clean the area from any remaining residues.
Method #2 Soapy Soak: Use a small amount of oil soap that is specifically designed for your type of hardwood floor. Dab the cleaner on a paper towel or clean cloth and work it into the tree sap; use soft bristled to gently scrub the sap; immediately follow up by wiping it clean with a dry cloth or paper towel.
Method #3 Vegetable Shortening: Immediately wipe the area clean with a dry paper towel once the snap is gone after using shortening mildly to a cloth and work the treated cloth onto the sappy areas.
Method #4 Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol saturated cotton can be used to rub out the sap. Immediately dry the area with a paper towel or clean cloth.