Hardwood Floor Care 101 and 5 Things You Should Never Use
To keep you floors looking great set up a regular cleaning routine:
Sweep up dirt daily, and wipe up spills immediately. Sweeping or dust mopping your floors regularly will keep dirt from building up and causing scratches. If you prefer to use a broom make sure it does not have hard bristles that will scratch the floor. If you vacuum, use a bare-floor attachment with a brush or felt-type head
Clean your floors weekly using a product approved by your hardwood floor manufacturer. Be sure to follow their care instructions.
Here are the absolute NO-NO’s when cleaning your hardwood floors:
- Never use a steam cleaner on hardwood; it can warp the floorboards.
- Water: Never clean your hardwood floors with water. Water and wood don’t mix, because moisture can damage wood over time.
- Silicone, ammonia or undiluted vinegar: These cleaners can damage the floor’s finish.
- Products that contain oil soaps, liquid or paste wax: These cleaners leave a residue on hardwood.
- Products that contain citrus, lemon or tung oil: These products can eat away at the floor’s finish