Floor mats, rugs at entrances
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.
Wipe up all spills immediately
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 furniture. Use felt or fabric protectors under furniture legs that come into contact with the floor to prevent scratches and scuffs.
Sweep or vacuum regularly
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.
Avoid direct sun
Direct sun can discolor your hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect your hardwood floor from the sun’s intense UV rays.
Never wax polyurethane-finished hardwood floors. Majority of floors installed today have polyurethane finishes.
No ammonia-based cleaners or oil soaps
Do not use ammonia-based cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor. They will dull the finish and affect ability to recoat.
No excessive water cleaning
Never use a wet mop or excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and cracks may form).
Avoid floor care products
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. You should consult professional for waxing.