Tips for Mopping Timber Floors
Naturally beautiful to look at and great for those with allergies, timber is an increasingly popular flooring choice. But timber comes with its own set of cleaning quirks, so a little special care can go a long way towards keeping your floors looking top notch for longer.
When it comes to wood, too much and too hot water is a no-no and can ruin your floors! Excessive wet patches can stain timber flooring and can even result in expanded and warped boards. The correct mop and mopping technique will prolong the life and beauty of your wooden floors, protecting your investment and even your flooring warranty.
Take a look at our top tips for mopping timber floors:
1. Wring, Wring, Wring!
The mop needs to be as dry as possible, so keep wringing out as much moisture as you can until you feel confident the mop is only very slightly damp. Using a mop and bucket combination that has been designed for easy wringing will go a long way to making this easier for you. Your floors will also dry much faster too!
2. Follow the Grain
Mopping in the direction of the wood grain ensures embedded dirt is more easily picked up, making mopping easier and more effective.
3. Find a Solution
A mop water solution that is! Many people recommend using just water and vinegar. If you care about your floors, don’t add anything harsh to the mop water like bleach or ammonia. Using a dedicated wood floor solution or just a little soap in the mop water will ensure dirt is better lifted and bring back that beautiful timber gleam.
4. The Right Mop
With all the mops out there to choose from, what should you use? The good news is there are mops specifically designed for timber floors with the right features to help take care of your floorboards. Look for one that is labelled for timber, like the Vileda SuperMocio Floorboards mop, which has delicate non scratch microfibre with 3D loops to collect all the dust, hair and particles. This mop will also easily rinse particles into the mop water so they don’t stay on the mop and scratch your floors. Importantly, the SuperMocio for Floorboards wrings out more easily with 3x extra water release, meaning a drier mop for drier floors. As the mop head also fits onto your regular SuperMocio handle you can use multiple refills for your different floor types wihout taking up additional space.
What are your tips and techniques for mopping timber floors?