How to Keep Hardwood Floors Looking Great

There’s no doubt that hardwood floors make a home look elegant and rich. Unfortunately, this type of flooring has a downside. Real hardwood is susceptible to scratching, which can tarnish the beautiful finish it’s known for. In a bustling home, it can be a challenge keeping hardwood floors in good shape. 

If your home has hardwood floors, the hacks below are for you. While it can be a challenge keeping your hardwood floors looking beautiful, these hacks will definitely help. 

1. Canola Oil and Vinegar

Removing minor scratches is easy with this clever hack. Combine one-part vinegar to two-parts canola oil. Use a soft cloth dipped in the mixture to gently buff minor scratches. There’s no need to wipe the concoction away as it cleans and shines the floor perfectly.

2. Clean with Black Tea

Black tea makes the perfect cleaner for hardwood floors. Steep four tea bags in water. The longer you steep the tea, the stronger the cleaning solution. Dampen a soft cloth with the tea and wipe your floors clean. If you have lighter-colored wood floors, simply steep the tea for less time to avoid discoloring the wood. 

3. Toothpaste

Did your child express himself with a permanent marker on your hardwood floor? No need to panic. That permanent marker isn’t as permanent as you think. 

Grab a tube of white toothpaste and a microfiber cloth. Simply buff the marks with the toothpaste and watch them disappear. 

4. A Hot Iron

If you’ve dropped a heavy object on your hardwood floor and left a dent, you can remove said dent quickly and easily using a hot iron. 

Begin by moistening the dent with water. Place a damp cloth over the dent and run the hot iron in circles over the cloth. It may take a couple of minutes, but the dent should disappear. 

5. Magic Erasers

Magic Erasers can be used to clean just about anything, and they work great for removing scuff marks from hardwood floors, too. Just dampen with water as you normally would and buff the marks away. It truly is like magic!

6. Baby Powder

This hack is an oldie but a goody. If you’ve got a creaky floorboard, simply sprinkle some baby powder into the crack between the boards. Use a dry paintbrush to work as much powder as possible into the crevice until the noise stops. 

7. Baking Soda

Pet urine stains may seem harmless enough on a hardwood floor, but the reality is, the mess can soak into the wood causing discoloration and odor. To keep this from happening, wipe as much of the wetness away as you can and then sprinkle baking soda over the still-damp stain. Leave it to do its job overnight and then clean the mess up in the morning. 

Hardwood floors are extremely beautiful. They add character and richness to any home. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to keep that way, especially in a bustling household. To help you keep your hardwood floors looking their best, commit to memory and use the hacks listed above.