Caring for Hardwood Flooring

Published: January 16th, 2013

Your hardwood floors will only look as good as you care for them. And giving them the proper care they require can be troublesome with family and pets walking over them. But by preserving their natural beauty, you’ll keep your home looking great while taking care of your investment.

When cleaning your hardwood floors, keep in mind the following:

  1. Lift furniture instead of dragging it to prevent scratches from occurring.
  2. Use the manufacturers’ instructions, and learn what kind of flooring and finish you have.
  3. When caring for the finish, research how it should be cleaned. Different finishes are prone to being damaged by particular cleaners.
  4. Whenever you are able to, remove solid materials (dirt, sand, grit, etc.) from the floors. These have a tendency to scratch and dull the floor’s finish.
  5. On wax-finish floors, use a buffer, which are available for rental from flooring and hardware stores. If you have a lot of hardwood flooring in your home, then you may want to think about investing in one.
  6. Oil soaps will build up and eventually dull the floor’s surface, making refinishing difficult.
  7. Prevent furniture from scratching your floors by installing felt feet to the bottom.
  8. Use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment to ensure dust and dirt is removed.
  9. The sun’s rays can discolor your floor, so consider hanging up sheer curtains to cut down on UV rays.
  10. On a regular basis, it’s wise to sweep your floors with a soft broom.
  11. Use a dry towel whenever you can to wipe up spills and messes.
  12. Use as little water as you can when cleaning your floors. After cleaning or on rainy days, immediately wipe up any wet spots.
  13. Place rugs in entrances, hallways and other high-traffic areas. These will keep feet clean.