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Feb 13th
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How to Clean and Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

HardwoodThey’re natural, rich, gorgeous, and timeless. It’s no wonder so many people choose hardwood floors for their homes.  Like its name, hardwood feels hard to the touch, but it can be more sensitive than it looks.

Even with today’s technology, hardwood is vulnerable to scratches, dulling and swelling, so it’s important to understand the ins and outs of hardwood floor maintenance:

Know what kind of finish your hardwood flooring has: It is important to know they type of finish that is on your hardwood so that you know how to care for it.

Use floor cleaners appropriate for type of finish: A hard finish has a water-resistant protective coating, which requires a cleaner specifically made for hardwood floors. Using a wax-based or petroleum-based product on a hard finish will damage the finish. It can cause a buildup that will dull and ultimately damage your floors. 

Remove floor marks according to type of finish: Marks can be removed from your hardwood floor using a soft, clean cloth; never use sandpaper or steel wool because it will damage the finish.

Minimize dirt buildup: Dust, crumbs and pet hair can accumulate and scratch your floors; therefore, it’s important to clean your floors regularly. Use either a dust mop or your vacuum’s floor-brush attachment as often as possible; today’s vacuums that have a beater bar attachment can usually be turned off with the touch of a button. Beater bars can cause dirt that has accumulated on the floor to scratch the wood. And in addition to your cleaning regimen, employ other methods to minimize dirt such as using rugs in high-traffic areas and leaving your shoes at the door.

Avoid water contact: Water can be absorbed into the wood very quickly and can cause swelling. Therefore, it is not advisable to clean your floors with a sponge mop and water. If you need to clean with a liquid, dry the areas as soon as you are finished cleaning. Always wipe up liquid spills immediately. If you have hardwood floors in your kitchen or bathrooms, use a rug in front of sinks to absorb water.

Protect your floors from your furniture: Felt or silicone discs put on the feet of your furniture will help to prevent scratches.

Hardwood floors may be a little high maintenance, but the warm, rich, classic feel they bring to a home makes them worth the extra effort. If you have any questions about hardwood flooring for your home, we’d love to discuss the options with you. Visit us at, or feel free to call us at 831-462-5586.