The right cleaning techniques
Modern hardwood floors are resistant to all sorts of common damage, including staining. That said, you should still establish a regular maintenance routine to keep them clean and healthy, which will ensure a long lifespan and many years of enjoyment for you and your family. Here are a few tips:
- Blot spills as soon as they happen using a clean cloth. You can use a damp cloth, but make sure to dry the area with a dry cloth when you’re done.
- Sweet, dust or vacuum regularly to pick up loose dirt or grit, which can scratch or dull your floors over time.
- If you do vacuum, be sure to use a machine without a beater bar, or with the beater bar detached.
- Avoid abrasive cleaners and tools.
- Never wash with water or soap, as the excessive moisture can cause your wood to warp and swell, thus voiding your warranty.
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Use protective pads underneath all furniture legs to prevent dents & scratches. You should also never drag heavy furniture across the surface of your floors.
Place protective doormats and rugs at all entryways to collect dirt and grit that gets tracked in on the bottoms of shoes. However, avoid rubber or foam-backed plastic mats, which can cause discoloration over time. The right rug pad can help prevent this type of damage.
Maintain a consistent climate in your home with humidifiers during the dry season & dehumidifiers when moisture levels are high.
Avoid dropping sharp objects and walking with shoes like stiletto heels or cleats.
Keep pets’ nails trimmed to keep them from scratching your floors when they run around.
Periodically rearrange rugs and furniture to allow your floors to age evenly. Aging occurs mostly due to exposure to natural UV sunlight, which can soften the tone of your hardwood.