Residue can make hardwood floors appear hazy and challenging to clean. Let us show you the most effective method to eliminate sticky wood floors.
Even with thorough cleaning, hardwood floors can still become sticky or hazy from residue buildup if proper prevention measures are not taken. Read on to learn the steps to prevent residue buildup and keep your floors looking their best.
What Causes the Hazy Film on Hardwood Floors?
Some cleaning products will leave a residue on hardwood floors. The residue layers accumulate after several cleanings and cause the hazy film on hardwood floors.
It’s important to only use the proper floor cleaners and ensure you aren’t using too much. If the cleaner is too concentrated, you will undoubtedly have hazy film issues on your hardwood floors.
How to Remove Hazy Residue From Wood Floors?
Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to remove the hazy residue from your wood floor. All you need is ammonia-free glass cleaner, a non-abrasive sponge or scrub pad, and a few microfiber cloths.
Apply the glass cleaner and allow it to sit for at least 60 seconds before scrubbing. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe away the cleaner and freed residue from scrubbing.
It seems simple enough, but don’t worry; we’ll break it down further.
Spray One Section of the Floor
Don’t get too excited now; start with one section of the floor. Spray the glass cleaner over a two square foot section and let it work its magic for 60 seconds.
It’s critical to let the glass cleaner sit on the grime to breakdown the hazy residue. Scrubbing won’t require as much elbow grease the longer you give the cleaning product time.
Scrub the Sprayed Section of Floor
Use the non-abrasive scrubber (or the scrubby side of a non-scratch dish sponge) to work the sprayed section of floor. The scrubber will break up the hazy buildup the glass cleaner freed.
Do not scrub too hard; you can still scratch your hardwood floor if you put too much muscle behind the non-abrasive scrubber.
Wipe the Freed Grime off the Floor
Wipe the freed grime off the floor with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this process in sections, continuing until all of your flooring is cleaned.
Although it may not be a quick process, it will provide effective results.
How to Prevent Hardwood Floor Residue
The secret to preventing hardwood floor residue is to use the correct cleaning product. Spray the cleaner onto glass or a mirror and wipe it away; if it leaves behind a residue, don’t use that cleaner on your floor.
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