Hardwood floors can make a room special, but did you know wood floors are easy to clean and maintain? Remarkably, wood flooring can hold up to most household traffic. However, over time they can start to show their age if not properly cared for. Follow these easy steps to keep your hardwood floors in pristine condition.
1. Sweep wood floors frequently
The best way to keep wood floors clean is by sweeping frequently. Some regular bristle brooms tend to just move dust and small dirt particles around. Therefore, if this is happening to you try using a microfiber mop for a more effective sweep. You should give your wood floors a once-over with a dust mop every day or every other day.
2. Vacuum wood floors regularly
Vacuuming regularly will eliminate debris that can cause scratches as well as particles in hard to reach places. When vacuuming, always use a soft-bristled attachment. Beater bars on the vacuum and attachments can lead to damage, so make sure they are turned off on the vacuum and attachments. And lastly, check the vacuum wheels to make sure they are smooth so they do not scratch the wood floor.
3. Mop wood floors carefully
Sweeping and mopping hardwood floors is a no-brainer, but don’t make the mistake of using whatever floor cleaner you have on hand. Many common floor cleaners contain chemicals that damage the wood. Instead, use a product that is specially formulated for wood flooring. Never use a soaking wet mop as water is wood’s worst enemy. Wipe up any excess water quickly with a clean, dry towel. Floors should be mopped once a week.
4. Avoid dings and scratches methodically
Always place felt pads under furniture legs and when moving furniture and be sure to lift it off the floor instead of sliding it across the floor. Removing shoes (especially high heels!) at the door and keep pets’ nails trimmed. Strategically placed doormats by each entrance can help keep debris from getting inside the house.
5. Respond to spills quickly
Soak up spills as soon as they happen to avoid the liquid sitting on and potentially damaging the wood floors. Follow up by applying a hardwood cleaner with a soft cloth. Worried about scratches? Mask nicks with a touch-up marker or filler (check with your flooring manufacturer to find one that matches your finish).
Need more information? Check out our wood flooring care instructions.