5 Tips for Caring for Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but they can quickly start to look dingy or even get worn down when not cared for properly. Taking a few important precautions and spending time to clean your hardwood floors the right way can extend the lifetime and enhance the appearance of your floors. Here are five useful tips for keeping your hardwood floors looking their best.

Don’t Wear Shoes in the House

While many people have a “no shoes on the carpet” rule established in their home, they allow shoes on hardwood floors because they assume it will be easier to clean. Extend the no shoes policy to all parts of your home, especially your hardwood floor, because dirt, water, and chemicals tracked in from outside can cause extensive damage to the wood.

Use Rugs and Mats

Include rugs and mats in your home’s design, especially by doors and other high-traffic areas. This will help keep dirt off the wood. However, make sure to clean under the rug regularly, and avoid using a rug with a rubber backing that can disintegrate over time and leave a residue on your floors.

Quickly Wipe Up Spills

Spills from water and other liquids can quickly damage your floors, which can cause the wood to swell or peel, a cloudy finish to appear, or even mold growth. You should wipe up any spills immediately to keep the wood in tiptop shape.

Clean Dirt and Dust Daily

Make a point to sweep or vacuum your hardwood floors daily to help keep those abrasive particles off your floor and keep it looking clean. For harder to tackle dust, dog hair, and grime, use electrostatic cloths or microfiber mops. You will also need to make you sure you remove dirt any time before mopping to avoid simply moving grime around your floors.

Never Wet Mop or Use a Steam Cleaner

Don’t forget that water damages wood. Using a soaking wet mop or a steam cleaner will only ruin your hardwoods floors and make them worse in the long run. When it’s time for a deep cleaning session, make sure to use a flat-head mop, microfiber mop, or string mop that is completely wrung out. It should be damp rather than dripping wet. You can even choose to keep the mop wet and simply spray water and cleaning solution onto your floors. If you accidentally add too much water, dry the floor when you’re finished.   

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