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Keeping a new wood floor like new

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Installers are sometimes asked by homeowners for their advice to correctly care for their new wood floor. So, The BUZZ asked an expert—the publisher of Hardwood Floor magazine, and our friends at the National Wood Flooring Association, for their advice to share with you. Here, with their permission, is what they had to say.

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

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