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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

For the most part, solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. However, it never hurts to ask the professional who will be installing your floor for cleaning tips. Below are some tips for keeping your hardwood floor in wonderful condition:

  • Avoid oil soaps when cleaning wood floors. They can build up and create problems when it’s time to put a maintenance coat on the floor. Instead, use neutral pH cleaners made specifically for wood floors.
  • When sweeping your wood floors, use a soft, fine bristle broom to minimize scratching.
  • Try to vacuum at least once or twice a week to remove dirt and sand. Once again, use a soft brush attachment to minimize scratching.
  • Remove wet spills ASAP because standing water will damage your wood floors. Use soft towels or a wet/dry vacuum and then dry thoroughly.
  • Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect your hardwood floor from the sun’s intense UV rays.
  • Never wet-mop your wood floors. Use a very dry damp mop to avoid dulling the finish, damaging the wood, and leaving a discoloring residue.
  • Use area rugs in high traffic areas.
  • Use floor mats for entrances.
  • When moving heavy furniture, avoid dragging the furniture across your wood flooring without first protecting it. Try slipping a piece of cloth under the legs or covering each leg with a heavy sock.
  • Some floors may require periodic waxing and buffing. Check with manufacturer.
  • Put plastic or fabric-faced gliding furniture pad under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching during regular use.
  • Avoid wearing cleats, sports shoes and high heels on your wood floor surface. They will dent and scratch the surface.
  • Be sure to follow manufacturer recommendations to treat scratches and dents.

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