Five Preventative Maintenance Tips For Wood Flooring


Just like your fence out front or your home’s HVAC system, wood flooring requires preventative maintenance in order to keep it in the best shape. Fortunately, not only is this easy to do, but it will also make your wood floor shine for many years to come. Don’t let a lack of attention get your wood floor down. Give it the preventative maintenance it wants and treat your wood floor right! Use these tips for keeping your wood floor clean, bright, and scratch free.

Five Preventative Maintenance Tips for Wood Flooring

Keep it Dry

Wood floors do not like water. Even a little water left on the floor can cause the finish to dull and can the wood to warp. Even if the water isn’t on the floor, it can do damage. High humidity can cause wood floors to buckle and warp as they absorb water from the air. Keep your wood floors dry by cleaning up spills immediately and using rugs in front of sinks or dishwashers. During times of high humidity, run the air conditioner or use a dehumidifier to remove excess water from the air.

Clean Carefully

There are lots of products out there that advertise themselves as being safe for wood flooring, when in reality they’re not. For example, steam mops, which we wrote about last week, claim to be safe for wood floors, but can actually strip the finish and leave streak marks. Before buying a wood floor cleaning product, do your research online to learn how other product users experiences have turned out.

Clean Regularly

Letting dust and debris build up on a wood floor is a recipe for scratching. Plus, it just looks bad. Clean wood floors once a week with a dry dust cloth to keep it looking good.

Use Rugs

Rugs are a great way to protect your wood floor. Place rugs at door entrances to trap debris from outside that could scratch the floor. You might also encourage guests to take off their shoes so they don’t track in dirt. Rugs are also great to put under furniture so the legs don’t scratch the floor. If you don’t want to cover up your floor with rugs, use furniture feet to cover the legs and prevent scratching.

Watch out for Pets

If you have pets, their sharp nails can easily scratch a wood floor. Keep their nails trimmed to prevent this from happening, or use a barrier so pets can’t go in rooms with a wood floor.

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