caring for your wood floor

caring for your wood floor

What to do:

  • Clean regularly with a broom or dust mop or even vacuum using the bare floor setting to remove dust and dirt.?
  • Clean the floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a?wood flooring professional.?
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth.
  • Follow the manufacturer?s cleaning recommendations.

What?Not?to do:

  • Use wet mops or steam mops, which can dull the finish and even damage the wood.
  • Use vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  • Use wood furniture polish, which can make the floor dangerously slippery, and damage the finish.
  • Over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead.

Individual maintenance schedules will vary depending on use, wear and tear, and lifestyle, but here are some additional tips for keeping your floors beautiful:

  • Use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from being tracked in and scratching the floor.
  • Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
  • Avoid walking on your wood floors with sports cleats and high heels.
  • When moving heavy furniture, pick it up instead of sliding it across the floor.