Woodwork Needs Work Too
The trim throughout your house, also known as molding, is decorative as well as practical. It hides gaps where floors, walls, and ceilings meet and protects walls from scuffs and wear and tear. We always focus on cleaning the floors but woodwork needs work too. It must be dusted, wiped, and touched up regularly to keep it looking good. Once a month, wipe the trim around the doors, where it’s most likely to become soiled from fingerprints, with a cloth dampened with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner.
Twice a year, wipe molding throughout the house, including crown moldings and window moldings, with a cloth dampened with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner or mild dish washing liquid.
Cleaning wood floors
For a natural wood floor cleaner, use a common kitchen staple: vinegar. Clean wood floors with vinegar by adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Follow the tips for how to clean hardwood floors with a mop above to prevent water damage.
Wood Floor Maintenance
Floors take on a lot—from daily traffic to inevitable spills and mishaps. The best way to clean hardwood floors starts with smart preventive measures. This will not only help protect floors, but also cut down on the time you’ll spend cleaning. Place floor mats both outside and inside exterior doors to lessen tracked-in dirt. In snowy or rainy weather, set up a boot removal area to avoid damaging floors with tracked in water and de-icing agents. Along with a spot to sit down and a place to store shoes, keep a rag or cleaning cloth tucked away next to the door to quickly clean up errant puddles.
Even when the forecast doesn’t call for precipitation, it’s smart to remove shoes when coming indoors so dirt, grime, and germs don’t get tracked in all over the house. And when hardwood floors are underfoot, scratch-causing heels and cleats should definitely be checked at the door. Prevent marks on hardwood floors by using floor protectors under furniture and by using rugs in play areas to ensure children’s toys don’t scratch the floor.