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Keeping a new wood floor like new

When life gets messy, you need a floor that’s simple to clean

What to do

  • Clean regularly with a broom or dust mop or even vacuum using the bare floor setting to remove dust and dirt.
  • Clean the floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations.

What not to do

  • Use wet mops or steam mops, which can dull the finish and even damage the wood.
  • Use vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  • Use wood furniture polish, which can make the floor dangerously slippery, and damage the finish.
  • Over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead.

Individual maintenance schedules will vary depending on use, wear and tear, and lifestyle, but here are some additional tips for keeping your floors beautiful:

  • Use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from being tracked in and scratching the floor.
  • Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
  • Avoid walking on your wood floors with sports cleats and high heels.
  • When moving heavy furniture, pick it up instead of sliding it across the floor.

Thank you Libby White Johnston, Publisher & VP of Media
National Wood Flooring Association I Hardwood Floors Magazine