As a professional dog breeder and forever dog carer, I can state for sure that dogs not only require your love but also your full attention. Keeping dogs inside the house is even trickier if you want to have your house clean. And, when you also care about your hardwood floors, things get even more complicated. So, if you’re looking for the right cleaning tips for your hardwood floors, you have come to the right place. Here is what I recommend.
Getting the tools you need
Don’t even think about cleaning without requiring a high-power vacuum to help you with all the dirt, debris, and annoying pet hair. I’ve tested the Ergorapido from Electrolux and I was really pleased with its high-power motor, the lightweight design, and the accessible price. This is a great tool for everyone who wants to keep their house clean and shiny as often as possible. The item is easy to deposit and, thanks to its small dimensions, is also extremely portable and comfortable to work with.
There are other powerful products available on the market for a good price, so I suggest to keep looking until you find the item that suits your needs the most. I strongly suggest a cordless design if you don’t want your dogs to have an extra item to chew on.
DIY looking-after solution
There are countless of DIY cleaning solutions for hardwood floors but do they really work or are they going to damage your floors even more? The eco-friendly movement has started for quite some time now and the global trend is to look for DIY solutions and homemade products to solve your daily problems.
Although I do encourage a responsible life and extra care for the environment, I wouldn’t trust any natural and “brilliant” solution that comes off the Internet, especially when talking about hardwood floors. There are plenty of websites recommending using a combination of water and vinegar to clean the floors but that would be a horrible idea.
The reason is that the vinegar, regardless of how much it’s diluted in water, is still too astringent and acid for your floors, so using it to clean your floors might actually result in staining them beyond repair. Not to mention the smell you’ll have to deal with otherwise.
Lemon juice, baking soda, and tea bags are also great no-nos if you care about your wood floors.
What to do then?
What you can do is to vacuum as often as possible. Clean with a damp cloth and wax every few years, depending on the traffic on your floors. Don’t use the mop either or any type of soap-based products because they will also damage your floors.