With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment. There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.
How to take care of your floors
- Do not use tile floor care products on wood floors (self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.)
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discolouring residue.
- Do not walk on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels.
- Do use water and vinegar solution to clean your floors – be sure to squeeze as much water out of mop/cloth.
- Do use fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
- Do keep animal nails trimmed to prevent scratches.
- Do not slide heavy furniture on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
- Do try and keep your home at a humidity level between 30% and 50%. A humidifier thru the winter months helps keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
- Do use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways and high traffic areas to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will also prevent scratching.
- Do wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.