Caring For And Maintaining Your Hardwood Flooring

When you take the plunge and decide to install natural hardwood flooring in your home, you may find yourself wondering what you can and should do to keep your brand new hardwood floors looking nice and new for many years to come. Because hardwood floors are such a major investment, it is important to begin proper care of them right away and remain consistent and diligent over time. Get to know some of the ways that you can maintain and care for your hardwood floors properly so that you get the most out of your investment in your flooring now and into the future.

Don't Use Wet Mops To Clean Your Floors

Many people assume that mopping their non-carpeted flooring in their home is the best way to keep it clean and looking fresh and new. However, when it comes to real hardwood flooring, wet mopping can cause more damage than good. Even with proper floor finishing, hardwood floors are susceptible to water damage from such practices.

The water from the mopping process can and will get down into the small gaps between the wood planks of your flooring and can warp the wood from below. Instead of a wet mop, use a soft dry mop or broom for daily cleaning and maintenance. If you want a little extra cleaning, you can also use a cleaner designed specifically for hardwood floors that is not abrasive and that will not cause moisture damage if used properly.

Be Careful If You Use The Vacuum

It is a common misconception that you cannot use a vacuum at all on the hardwood flooring in your home. You actually can use a vacuum cleaner on these floors if you would like but you need to be careful about the type of vacuum you use and/or the settings on the vacuum when you are using it.

You want to make sure that the beater bar (the rotating brush and bristles on your vacuum) is turned off when you are using the vacuum on hardwood floors. The friction of the beater bar movement over your hardwood flooring can cause damages to the finish and lead to further damage to the flooring.

If you have a vacuum with a hardwood flooring attachment, then this would be the ideal way to vacuum your hardwood floors. These attachments are usually rectangular attachments with soft brush bristles or mop threads around the edges and an open space in the middle. This works as a more powerful dry mopping or sweeping situation without the added effort on your part to then pick up the collected dirt and debris from your floor.

Now that you know a few of the ways to properly care for and maintain your hardwood flooring, you can be sure that you are taking the right steps to keep your new floors looking as good as new for as long as possible. For more information on hardwood flooring, talk to a professional like