You'll find simple how-tos about caring for hardwood floors. Learn what supplies to use, how often to clean, and a list of a wood floors worst enemies. This is an easy how-to with good basic information for every homeowner.
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- Sweep wood floors often with a soft, fine bristle broom.
- Vacuum once or twice a week to remove dirt and sand. Use a soft brush attachment to minimize scratching.
- Since water is one of a wood floors worst enemies, get rid of water right away! Remove wet spills ASAP with soft towels or a wet/dry vacuum, then dry thoroughly.
- Use a very dry damp mop when mopping polyurethaned wood floors, since excess water can seep into seams and ruin a wood floor.
- Consider using carpet runners (with non-skid pads) over wood floors in high traffic areas.
- Vacuum area rugs and runners often so dirt doesn't filter down through the weave and scratch the wood underneath.
- If possible, do not wear heavy shoes or high heels on hardwood floors, as some heels can cause dents.
- Never drag furniture or other objects across a wood floor. Instead, clean the floor thoroughly to remove dust and grit, then use "gliding" furniture pads underneath the piece to aid sliding it across the floor.
- Install floor mats at each entrance so you don't track in dirt from the bottoms of shoes.
- Be sure to follow manufacturer recommendations to treat flooring scratches and dents. If an area of the finish is damaged by water, it may be difficult to fix it.
- Use furniture pads to place under table and chair legs and on the feet of dressers and armoires. They can be purchased at a local hardware store or home center.
- Some floors may require periodic waxing and buffing. Get recommendations from the manufacturer for the specific procedures for your floor.
- Use area rugs in high traffic areas.
- Always remove spills promptly. While small drops of water may not harm the floor, be sure not to let excess amounts of water sit on the floor.
- Find out cleaning and care requirements for your specific floor from the manufacturer.