Don't Damp Mop - Water and hardwood floors
don't mix! Use only the manufacturer's recommended cleaning
products on your hardwood floor.
Vacuum Regularly - Small stones, mud and
gritty dirt tracked in from outside can scratch the finish
of your wood floor's finish. To help combat this use long
bristle welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for people
to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors. Also,
vacuum using a soft bristle brush attachment.
Use the Proper Chair Glides - Narrow wheels,
sharp wooden legs or metal furniture legs can scratch and
dent hardwood floors. Any furniture that rests directly on
top of a hardwood floor should have felt protectors, or furniture
coasters under all it's feet. For extremely heavy objects
such as a piano, use wide, non-staining rubber cups. Purchasing
floor protectors is cheap insurance for protecting your hardwood
Don't Use Oil Soaps - There are many over
the counter oil-based soaps and wax based cleaning products
that may damage or dull the finish of your wood floor. The
best suggestion is to only use the manufacturers recommended
cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.
Never Wax a Urethane Floor - If your hardwood
floor has a polyurethane finish never use a paste wax on the
floor's surface. A paste wax may form a sticky film on your
floor and allow tracked in dirt to stick to your wood finish.
Polyurethane finishes will not adhere to any wax and adding
a fresh coat of polyurethane to your floor will be very difficult.
Wipe Spills Immediately - when accidents
happen and some liquid gets spilled on your hardwood floor,
you should use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel
to immediately clean up and dry the effected area. For more
difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning