Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

The easy care and timeless quality of hardwood floors makes them desirable by most homeowners. But as those with hardwood floors know, they do require maintenance and care to keep their beauty.
Here are some tips for cleaning & maintaining your hardwoods:
  • Sweep or vacuum floors regularly – especially in high-traffic areas. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.
  • Wipe up spills immediately. For spots such as gum or similar substances, use ice to harden the substance and then gently scrape it off. Avoid scratching the floor, and wipe up any remaining residue with a damp, soft cloth.
  • Never damp mop or steam clean a waxed floor. Excessive moisture can cause damage, as can steam cleaners. Water can dull the finish and even damage the wood.
  • Do not use vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  • Use a humidifier to keep the environment between 35% and 55% humidity. This will help reduce wood shrinkage.
  • Direct sunlight can cause the wood to fade gradually over time. Use protective window coverings and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so fading is minimized and happens evenly.
  • Keep your pets’ nails trimmed and clean to avoid scratching the floor.
  • Use furniture pads underneath the feet of furniture.
  • Place floor mats at entrances to collect and trap tracked in dirt, grit, and other substances that can damage your floors. Place mats in front of high-use areas such kitchen sinks and stoves.
 
There are some great hardwood floor cleaners on the market. Consult with your flooring associate as to what is the best option for your hardwoods. 

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