Caring For Hardwood Floors

With a little know-how and a little elbow grease, your hardwood floors can look beautiful for many years to come. Be sure to check out our easy care and maintenance tips on this page. For more details or to have a handy printable guide, check out our downloads. You can also contact us for more information or precise tips and product recommendations.

Floor Care Dos:
  • Keep your floors clean by dusting and vacuuming them regularly. We find that Swiffer® and dry Pledge Grabit® cloths are excellent for hardwood floors.
  • Only use a damp mop when mopping is needed, and don’t use excess water.
  • If anything spills on the floor, wipe it up immediately.
  • Keep door mats at the entryways and in front of high-traffic areas like the refrigerator or kitchen sink.
  • Put felt glides on furniture legs to preserve the finish and looks of your wood floors.
  • When moving furniture, carefully lift and place it. Don’t drag your furniture around.

Floor Care Don’ts:
  • Don’t use chemicals like dish detergent, ammonia, bleach, or powdered all-purpose cleaners to clean your floors. These products are too harsh and abrasive.
  • Never use products that have silicone or wax in them. Examples include Endust®, Pledge®, and Murphy’s Oil Soap®.
  • Vinegar and water mix may harm the finish of your floors, so don’t use it.
  • Never let water simply stand on the floor.
  • Avoid walking on your floors in spike heels.
  • If you have heavy furniture, don’t let it rest on the floors on only a hard metal tip or plastic dome.

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