Adding wood flooring to your home can create an elegant and upscale aesthetic within your living space. Wood flooring not only looks great, it can also help to increase the value of your home on the resale market. If you want your wood floors to remain in good condition over time, you need to clean them regularly.
Stains can negatively impact the appearance of your flooring, and using the right cleaning agents to remove these stains while protecting your wood floors is important. If you have stains you need to get rid of, try using some trisodium phosphate, or TSP.
What is TSP?
TSP is an inorganic compound created by combining sodium and phosphate molecules into a single compound. Typically having a granular or crystal-like structure that is white in appearance, TSP is highly soluble in water.
When combined with water, TSP creates an alkaline solution that can be used to neutralize stains or clean the dirt off any surface. Specialized cleaning products made specifically for wood flooring contain the right concentration of TSP to help you get rid of even the most stubborn stains without a lot of scrubbing.
Is TSP dangerous?
Although TSP is considered a chemical cleaning agent, it is safe for use in your home if you take the proper precautions. As you treat your wood flooring, wear protective goggles and gloves so that the solution doesn't come into contact with your skin.
Talk to your local flooring contractor to ensure that you are using the right product for your wood floors so that you don't use a cleaning solution that is too strong and might damage the natural wood grain. Different species of wood can withstand different concentrations of TSP, so it's always best to get a professional opinion before using a cleaning product that contains TSP on your hardwood flooring.
Proper use is essential.
Once you have started working with a flooring contractor to determine the right TSP cleaning product, you need to apply the product correctly to thoroughly clean and protect your wood flooring.
Start by dipping a soft sponge into your TSP solution, then applying the solution to a small section of your wood floor. Working in small sections allows you to address serious stains more thoroughly while adequately removing all of the TSP solution from the surface of your flooring with a freshwater rinse. You can clean your entire floor, or focus only on stains to spot treat between major cleanings so that your wood flooring always looks its best.