One of the great benefits of hardwood floors is that they have easily care and maintenance compared to other types of flooring. In addition, proper care and upkeep will guarantee that your hardwood floors can last for decades to come.

However, it is important to keep in mind that, while hardwood floors can be cleaned easily, there are certain rules that should be followed in order to make sure that our cleaning is effective and doesn’t damage the flooring. Below are some of the dos and don’ts to keep in mind:

Dos

  • Wipe away and clean spills instantly.
  • Place protector pads under your furniture legs to avoid scratching the floor when they move
  • Use an almost dry-damp mop when wiping your floor.
  • Dry the floor with a clean rag immediately after mopping.
  • Use non-slip rugs and mats in doorways.
  • Place area rugs in high-traffic areas to prevent wear and tear.
  • Maintain an indoor humidity level of 35 to 55 percent to avoid trapping excess moisture in your wood floors.
  • Protect your floor from direct exposure to the sun if possible.
  • Re-arrange furniture periodically to allow even aging of the floor.
  • Vacuum, sweep and dust your hardwood floors regularly.
  • Keep the nails of your pets trimmed to avoid scratch marks on your floor.
  • Invest in good cleaning materials for your floor, like a good mop and vacuum with gentle materials and soft brushes.

Don’ts

  • Let water stand on your floor for a long time.
  • Walk around in shoes with heels or other sharp features.
  • Use abrasive cleaners, especially those with ammonia, high acid levels, or that are wax-based.
  • Allow furniture to rest on your hardwood floor without any protective pads.
  • Use mats with foam backs made of rubber.
  • Clean your hardwood floors with wet and soapy mops.
  • Install hardwood floors in areas with extreme moisture levels.
  • Use vacuums with hard heads or beater bars.
  • Use steam cleaners.

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