If you protect your hardwood floors from dirt, oils and water they will last longer. If you have hardwood floors you should use floor mats at each of your entry doors to collect dirt and debris from shoes. Tiny particles of dirt can scratch wood flooring and damage the finish. Place mats near any work areas such as the kitchen sink where water can splash on the floor. Floor mats without backing can cause slips but be careful when choosing mats: remember that rubber or plastic type mats can damage your floor, so it’s important to buy rugs especially made for hardwood floors.
The three most common things that leave big scratches in hardwood flooring are moving big pieces of furniture, women’s high heels, and sand and gravel beneath entry mats. Be careful when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scratches. By removing shoes before you enter an area with wood flooring you avoid dents and scratches made from wearing heels indoors. Finally, shake out your entry mats frequently and clean the floor beneath carefully.
To maintain your hardwood floor…
- Sweep your floor regularly to remove dirt and dust.
- Use a vacuum without the beater bar to get into cracks and between thresholds.
- Clean up spills with a damp towel or sponge, minimize water spills and clean up water immediately.
- If your floor has a urethane finish don’t use wax on it.
- Don’t use a wet mop or use excessive water on your hardwood floor.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning your hardwood floor.