Recommended Care & Maintenance for Your Hardwood Floor
With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your hardwood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your hardwood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional hardwood floor cleaning product recommended by a hardwood flooring professional. The NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) can help you find one in your area and is a great source for learning more about hardwood flooring care & maintenance.
Here are just a few tips you can take to minimize maintenance and keep the beauty of your wood floors looking great.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors.
- Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
- Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
- When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks.