How To Clean A Hardwood Floor

  • Never Damp Mop - Water and hardwood floors don't mix! Use only the manufacturer's recommended hardwood cleaning products on your hardwood floor.
  • Vacuum Regularly - Vacuum regularly using a soft bristle brush attachment. Mud, grit, dirt and small stones get tracked in on shoes and can scratch the finish of your hardwood floor. To help prevent this use long bristle door mats at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet before entering the rooms.
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  • Use the Proper Chair Glides - All furniture that rests directly on top of a hardwood floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters under all furniture legs. Avoid using narrow wheels, sharp wooden legs or metal furniture legs because they can scratch and dent your hardwood floors. For extremely heavy furniture, such as a piano, use wide, non-staining rubber cups underneath each leg. Purchasing quality floor protectors is cheap insurance for protecting your hardwood flooring investment.
  • Keep pet's claws trimmed - Avoid pets from scratching your floors by regularly trim pet's claws.
  • Door mats - Non-stainable door mats can help prevent debris and dirt from being tracked in onto your hardwood floor.
  • Never Use Oily Soaps - Oil based soaps and wax-based cleaning products may damage or permanantly dull the finish of your hardwood floor. To be safe use the manufacturer's recommended hardwood floor cleaning products.
  • Never Wax a Urethane Floor - Most hardwood floors today have a polyurethane finish, never use a paste wax on a polyurethane finished floor. Paste waxes may form a sticky film on your hardwood floor finish allowing tracked in dirt to stick to your floor. Polyurethane finishes will not adhere to a paste wax. So re-coating a polyurethane hardwood floor will be very difficult or impossible to do.
  • Never slide heavy objects directly over your floor - lay a pad or 1/4" underlayment over the hardwood flooring before attempting to slide a heavy objects over your flooring. In new home construction it is wise to cover your hardwood floors right after installation while the workers are still inside finishing the house and while moving your furniture into the home.
  • Wipe up Spills Immediately - when accidents happen and liquids get spilled on your hardwood floor you should use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately wipe up the spill and then dry the effected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures.

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