5 Hardwood Floor Cleaning & Care Tips

If you’ve recently installed hardwood flooring in your home, you’ll more than likely be concerned about keeping them in the best possible shape, especially when considering the cost. So here are some tips for keeping hardwood floors looking like new.

Hardwood Floor Care and Maintenance

With proper maintenance and care, hardwood floors will last a lifetime, so be sure to read the manufacturer's cleaning suggestions and the following tips.

#1 Sweep Regularly – This one might be a bit obvious; however, it is the most important as small stones, dirt, and sand can easily scratch the surface. Use a soft broom, as this will collect all dust and hair while at the same time giving the finish a light buff.

#2 Use Dry Cloths on SpillsReal wood flooring and liquids don’t generally get along, and if left unattended, can lead to warped wood. It’s recommended that a dry cloth or paper towel is used to clean up spills, as a damp cloth can leave moisture and potentially damage the wood.

#3 Place Mats at Entrances – Using a mat or throw rug at the main entrances to your home can help to stop abrasive materials from reaching your spot-free, scratchless floor by catching debris from shoes.

#4 Give Furniture Legs a Felt Pad – Stop tables, chairs, couches, and other furniture from scratching your wood floors by adding a soft felt pad that will allow furnishings to slide and not scratch should you move or bump into something.

#5 Prevent Direct Sunlight – Regularly check your new floor throughout the day for areas where sunlight may cause discoloring. Window blinds are a good option as they can help prevent sun damage to your floor while also allowing sunlight into the room.

Some additional advice for homeowners with hardwood floors: (i) keep an eye-out for moisture tracked in on rainy days; (ii) make a no shoes in the house rule; (iii) consult with your floor’s manufacturer for maintenance guidelines; (iv) never use floor cleaners that are intended for tile, laminate, or linoleum; and (v) know your finish, i.e. polyurethane or wax.

Call (734) 243-3502 today for hardwood floor maintenance and cleaning tips from the pros at Finishers Unlimited.
– Monroe, Michigan


  1. To maintain the good appearance and condition of your flooring, it would be best to learn the right way to care for it so that you will not have to worry about costly repairs or replacements in the future.

  2. It is important to remember that your hardwood floors should not be cleaned with water because it can lead to warping of your floors and eventually can cause floor rotting.

  3. Use protectors. Place glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scratches. Clean the glides regularly to ensure that dust do not become imbedded.

  4. Hardwood flooring is still among the top choices of homeowners because of the different benefits that this provide aside from the fact that there are various choices in the market. However, this kind of flooring comes with more maintenance requirements and special treatments. These care tips you have provided will definitely help out homeowners preserve their vibrant floors. Thank you for sharing.

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