Hardwood care & maintenance
Your new hardwood is so much more than just flooring. It's an investment as well as a work of art, and it will add long-term value to your home. To protect your investment, you'll want to incorporate some proper care and maintenance. Doing so will help your floors look beautiful for decades!
When it comes to hardwood preventative maintenance, there are a few things you should do. First, invest in floor protectors for use with furniture. This will prevent hardwood denting and scratching. Next, buy some entry mats to keep dirt and debris off your flooring. Make a habit of trimming your pets' nails so that they do not scratch your floor's surface. It's also a good idea to use a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on the climate, since solid hardwood is sensitive to humidity and can warp or crack over time. Finally, consider using area rugs for extra protection wherever needed.
Everyday care and maintenance should include sweeping and vacuuming. Make sure you check your hardwood manufacturer’s care and maintenance guidelines. If your flooring needs more than just a dry surface clean, use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution and follow the official guidelines.
Dealing with spills and stains
If you spill on your hardwood flooring, don't fret! Most liquid messes will simply wipe away with a dry cloth. Keep in mind that hardwood is not water-resistant, so you'll want to tend to liquid spills immediately. For more difficult messes such as nail polish, oil, or wax, it's important to consult with the manufacturer's guidelines regarding proper cleaning products and procedures.
Use this list of additional maintenance tips & stain removal resources to help keep your hardwood flooring looking beautiful.