10 Things to Avoid on Hardwood Floors

10 Things to Avoid on Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors come in many shades: cherry, oak, walnut, and every one of them are a beautiful edition to a home. Not only do they add beauty, but they increase the value of your home as well. But how much do you know about caring for them? Some may think they know about floor maintenance, but some might be using the wrong products. Here are 10 things to avoid on hardwood floors to keep the floor finish looking great!

  1. Don’t go to long without sweeping or vacuuming the floor. If you avoid floor maintenance, larger particles of dirt could scratch the finish. In fact, you’ll see later that sweeping and vacuuming the floor are your best options compared to cleaning products.
  2. Try to avoid high heels and sports shoes like cleats. This might seem like common sense, but if possible, leave your shoes at the door when you come in the house. This will help prevent dents in your hardwood floors!
  3. Avoid mats with rubber or other dense backing that prevents airflow and traps abrasives and moisture. Trapped moisture is harmful to your hardwood floors much like trapped moisture in clothing is harmful and can cause mildew and staff infections. As mentioned above, try to keep your floor finish as dry as possible.
  4. Do not use a wet mop that can leave excess water behind. Avoiding prolonged exposure to liquids on your floors. This means any spills or accidents your pets may have.
  5. Never use the following items on your hardwood floors: wax, acrylic coating, oil-based detergent, or any other household cleaners. Believe it or not, many products that claim to be safe on floor finish can actually damage floors and leave a greasy film.
  6. Attach felt pads to the bottom of furniture. These are inexpensive ways to ensure your floor remains scratch free.
  7. Do not use steam cleaners on your hardwood floors. Floor maintenance should be sweeping and vacuuming. The more moisture you expose your hardwood floors to, the greater the risk of discoloring and damage.
  8. Make sure to trim pets nails, especially your dog’s. Constant scampering by your dog over hardwood floors can ruin the finish.
  9. Use mats near sinks, dishwashers, and work stations to protect floor from cooking utensils, water, and any other things that could be dropped on the floor.
  10. Avoid too much direct light, natural or otherwise. This can cause discoloration. Hardwood floors can change color slightly over time because of the wood they are made with, and this is natural, but if you leave a rug on hardwood floors with too much bright light in the room, when you move that rug a while down the road, you might find a darker rectangle where it used to be.

So remember: avoid liquids on your floors at all costs. Sweeping and vacuuming are best and be very careful if you choose to clean your floor finish with a product. Pets and shoes can cause damage to floors so make sure to keep an eye on them. Common sense and good judgment are your best defenses against bad floor maintenance.


Jay Leonard

About The Author

Hi, I am Jay Leonard and I own and operate Xtreme Flooring. Together with my wife we have operated for nearly 10 years, formerly we were known as Beauty Crete and now Xtreme Flooring. Hardwood and concrete floor solutions is my passion! Have any questions about your floor? Please ask and I promise to help.

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