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4 Hardwood Floor Cleaning Myths – BUSTED!

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In the years that we’ve been providing wood floor cleaning services in the Asheville, NC area, we’ve encountered a lot of persistent bad information about cleaning wood floors. So we decided to write a blog post to address all of the most common myths.

  1. Shine=Clean. Not necessarily. Although it’s true that a clean floor should shine, the fact is that the shine of your floor has as much or more to do with its surface smoothness as with cleanliness. Dull floors can result from tiny scratches and scuffs on the surface of the wood. To restore shine to a floor like that, refinishing is usually required.
  2. Wood floors need to be treated with oil. It used to be true that wood floors benefitted from application of oil soap. But that was back when hardwoods were sealed with wax, which dehydrated the wood, creating a need to replenish the wood’s natural moisture with oil. Now, most wood floors are sealed with polyurethane, not wax. Polyurethane sealer does not allow moisture to escape the wood, so no oil is needed. And besides, modern sealers create a barrier which will not allow the oil to soak into the wood itself, so if you apply oil to a modern wood floor it will just make the floor slick.
  3. Mix vinegar in with your wood floor cleaner. This is another piece of advice that used to be sensible in the old days, but isn’t true any longer. In bygone eras, the all-purpose, lye based soaps were much harsher than our modern wood floor specific soaps. People used to add some vinegar to the mop bucket to lessen the harshness of the soap. (What they probably didn’t know was that the vinegar lowered the PH of the cleaning solution, making it less harmful to the wood floors.) Modern wood floor cleaners are formulated to have suitable PH levels, so adding vinegar is no longer necessary.
  4. Just clean your wood floors with water. It depends on how heavy of a clean you’re doing. You can damp mop most wood floors with just plain water, but you must use a very small amount of water—just enough to pick up dust and no more. For actual deep cleaning, use a liquid floor cleaner formulated for wood floors (we recommend Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner), and make sure to follow the directions on the bottle to the letter!

Hopefully this post helps to clear up some of the most common misunderstandings about caring for hardwood floors. Need more help? We’re here for you! If you live in the Asheville, NC area and are looking for high quality professional wood floor cleaning, give Five Step a call at 828.237.3237 or get in touch via our contact form today!

 

How to Safely Clean a Hardwood Floor

Deep cleaning hardwood floors is one of our specialties. We’ve cleaned a lot of wood floors and restored shine and beauty to even the most hopeless of cases. But in between professional cleanings, you still have to clean your floor! Our clients often ask our opinion about the best way to keep their wood floors looking clean and beautiful, so here are some tips.

  1. Remove dirt, debris, pet hair, and particulates from the floor first with a dust mop or the floor brush attachment of your vacuum.
  2. Once every two to four weeks, clean the floor using a liquid cleaner or oil soap specially formulated for hardwood floors. Follow the instructions on the container and make sure to dilute it sufficiently in water so as not to leave behind a sticky or filmy residue after you clean.
  3. Mix the cleaning solution in a bucket and use a sponge mop to clean the floors, wringing out the mop after each dip in the solution to ensure the floors do not get too wet. Once the entire area has been mopped with the cleaner, rinse the mop thoroughly and wet-mop the floor without cleaner.
  4. Leaving your hardwood floor damp may damage it, so make sure to dry the floor thoroughly using a dry towel.
  5. Prevent scratches in your floor by providing interior and exterior doormats and using protective pads or discs on the feet of tables, chairs, and sofas.

And there you have it! Follow these simple steps and your hardwood floors will stay bright and lustrous between deep cleanings.

If you live in the Asheville area, give us a call at 828.772.1824 or get in touch via our contact form today to schedule your wood floor cleaning! (And yes, we clean pine and laminate floors, too!)

 

 

 

Top Wood Floor Cleaning Professionals in Arden, NC

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“Wait, you mean you’re a carpet cleaning company that cleans wood floors, too?”

Yeah, we get that a lot.

But it’s true! At Five Step, we clean more than just carpets. We’re also pros at cleaning your area rugs, upholstery, tile and slate, and yes! Even hardwoods.

Our reputation in Arden for high quality, professional wood floor cleaning services can’t be beat. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out these before and after photos to see what we mean.

If cleaning isn’t enough to restore your floors to their original luster, we can even remove old layers of urethane or wax and refinish the wood to a new gloss!

And as with all of the services we offer, our wood floor cleaning process is environmentally safe and sustainable. Our cleaning solutions are all-natural and contain no bleach, acids, enzymes, dyes or colors. They’re safe for you, your pets, and our precious waterways.

If you live in Arden or anywhere else in western NC, and you’re in need of some deep clean TLC for your wood floors, look no further than Five Step. Give us a call at 828.772.1824 or reach out via our contact form to schedule your appointment today!

 

 

 

Wood Floor Cleaning in Weaverville NC

Are you looking for professional wood floor cleaning in Weaverville, NC?

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Five Step Carpet Care cleans more than just carpets. Homeowners in Weaverville and across western NC also call us for their hardwood, pine, and laminate wood floor cleaning needs. Our reputation for top-quality wood floor cleaning services can’t be beat!

You don’t have to take our word for it. You can view the photographic evidence! Check out these before and after photos of our work before you make your decision.

Even though you keep your wood floors clean through regular dust mopping and polishing, there will probably come a time when you want a deeper clean. Pine and hardwood floors require periodic polishing to maintain the original shine and luster. Even engineered wood floors benefit from occasional deep cleaning.

Our environmentally sustainable wood floor cleaning process can restore the beauty and radiance of your floor, making it look like new. Our cleaning solutions are all-natural and contain no bleach, acids, enzymes, dyes or colors. So you’re not just cleaning your floor; you’re doing it in the environmentally safest way possible.

And if cleaning alone isn’t enough to make your floor shine, we can remove old layers of urethane or wax coating and refinish your floor in a new gloss!

If you live in Weaverville or anywhere else in WNC, and you’re looking for top-notch professional wood floor cleaning, give us a call today at 828.772.1824 or get in touch via our contact form today!

Wood Floor Cleaning Hendersonville NC

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We don’t just clean carpets! Clients in Hendersonville, NC and across western North Carolina call us for their wood floor cleaning needs, as well. And just as we’ve made a name for ourselves with expert quality carpet and rug care, our reputation for great, expert level hardwood floor cleaning and polishing has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.

Even though you keep your wood floors clean through regular cleaning, you might start to notice them looking duller and dirtier as the years go by. Pine and hardwood floors require periodic polishing to maintain their beauty and shine, and even engineered wood floors benefit from occasional deep cleaning. After years of foot traffic, the floor’s finish can slowly wear off. Or if you wax your floors, the floor’s luster could be hidden under layers of floor wax.

But DIY deep cleaning of your hardwood floor can take a lot of time and excessive elbow grease. Plus, there can be a lot of confusion surrounding the process, and without the proper tools, you may end up doing more harm than good. There are hundreds of cleaning agents on the market, and it can be hard to figure out which one is suitable for your wood floor. Liquid cleaners are not recommended for many types of wood flooring, which require special coatings in order to truly shine. Plus, engineered wood floors can‘t be polished because the polish will not adhere to the engineered floors.

Our superior wood floor cleaning process can restore the radiance of your floor, making it look brand new. And at Five Step, we only use 100% all natural and biodegradable cleaning products. Our cleaners are non-acidic and contain no bleach, no enzymes and no dyes or colors. Our impact on the environment is just as important to us as our customers’ satisfaction.

If cleaning alone isn’t enough to make your wood floor shine, we can remove the older urethane or wax coating and refinish your floor in new gloss, leaving your old wood floor looking as good as new.

Give your old wood floor new life and brilliance with a thorough deep cleaning from Five Step Carpet Care NC. We are your source for Hendersonville hardwood floor cleaning. If you live in Hendersonville, NC or the surrounding areas, give us a call at 828.772.1824 or use our contact form to get in touch today!

Asheville Hardwood Floor Cleaning

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You might have thought that Five Step Carpet Care NC only cleans carpets and maybe some upholstery now and then, but that’s not true! We are also Asheville’s source for green hardwood floor cleaning and polishing!

Even though you keep your wood floors clean through regular maintenance, you might start to notice it looking duller and dirtier as the years go by. A hardwood floor needs periodic deep cleaning to maintain its beauty and brilliance. After years of foot traffic, the floor’s finish can slowly wear off. Or the floor’s luster could be hidden under layers of floor wax.

But deep cleaning your hardwood floor on your own can be time-consuming and labor intensive. Plus, there can be a lot of confusion surrounding the process. There are so many cleaners on the market, and it can be hard to figure out which one is right for your wood floor. Many types of wood flooring cannot be cleaned with liquids and as such require special coatings in order to truly shine. In addition, engineered wood floors can not be polished because the polish will not adhere to engineered floors.

Our superior wood floor cleaning process can restore the radiance of your floor, making it look brand new. And at Five Step, we only use 100% all natural and biodegradable cleaning products. Our cleaners are non-acidic and contain no bleach, no enzymes and no dyes or colors. Our impact on the environment is just as important to us as our customers’ satisfaction.

If cleaning alone isn’t enough to make your wood floor shine, we can remove the older urethane or wax coating and refinish your floor in new gloss, leaving your old wood floor looking as good as new.

Give your old wood floor new life with a cleaning from Five Step Carpet Care NC. We are your source for Asheville hardwood floor cleaning. If you live in Asheville, NC or the surrounding areas, give us a call at 828.772.1824 or use our contact form to get in touch today!