Solid hardwood floors are a long term investment. With a little effort and care, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of value. In reality, solid hardwood floors are among the easiest floors to care for. Protect their warmth and character with these simple DOs and DON’Ts.
- Dirt, grit and sand are your hardwood floor’s worst enemies. They act like sandpaper on the finish, causing scratches, dents and dulling. Place floor mats, rugs at entrances to trap dirt and prevent damage.
- Standing water can warp a poorly finished hardwood floor and can damage the finish. Simply wipe up all spills immediately.
- Lift furniture to move it, avoid dragging. Use felt or fabric protectors under furniture legs that come into contact with the floor to prevent scratches and scuffs.
- Sweep or vacuum wood floors regularly and clean with a mop that has been lightly dampened with water twice weekly. For stubborn dirt, use only pH neutral cleaning detergents specially formulated for hardwood floors.
- Direct sun can discolour your hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect from the sun’s intense UV rays.
- Never wax polyurethane-finished hardwood floors. Majority of floors installed today have polyurethane finishes.
- Do not use ammonia-based cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor. They will dull the finish and affect ability to recoat.
- Never use a wet mop or excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and cracks may form).
- Never use other types of floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes can cause the floor to become slippery and wear quickly.