Taking Care of Hardwood

January 24, 2015


Cleaning today’s hardwood floor depends on which type of finish is used. All hardwood floors should be cleaned regularly. Simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor with the beater bar turned off to remove dirt and grit.

Avoid using a wet mop as it can dull the finish or even damage the wood. Place scatter rugs at all entrances, avoiding those with rubber backs which can discolor the floor. Scratching can be prevented by placing floor protector pads on the bottoms of any furniture that comes into direct contact with the floor.

Spills should be cleaned immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Allowing spills to remain on the floor could damage the finish as well as the wood. Walking on floors with cleats or high heels in disrepair should be avoided. These can scratch and even dent the floor. Beyond these general guidelines, it is important to know which type of finish has been used for other maintenance concerns. Different wood flooring finishes require different care, and it is important to use the right product to protect the floors and prolong their life.

(Taken From Floor Covering News – August 15/22 –  2011 – Supplement)