It’s important to know how to prevent damage to your solid hardwood floors, with a few simple cleaning techniques you can protect the natural warmth and beauty of your floors. The key to keeping your floor beautiful is prevention.
Cleaning Dirt & Grit
To avoid dents, vacuum with a brush attachment -- don’t use vacuums with beater bars. Dirt, grit and sand are your hardwood floor’s worst enemies. They act like sandpaper on the finish, causing scratches, dents and dulling. Place floor mats at entrances and high traffic areas to trap dirt and prevent damage.
Water & Spills
Standing water can warp hardwood floors and can damage the finish. Simply wipe up all spills as soon as they happen.
Avoid oil soaps as they can build up leaving a film creating a dull look to your floors. Instead, neutral pH cleaners developed specifically for wood floors are recommended.
Lift the furniture to move it --- avoid dragging. Felt contacts under the legs will help prevent scratches.
Direct sun can discolour your hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect your floor from the intense UV rays of the sun.
Every Day Cleaning
Only use brooms with fine, exploded ends to trap dust and grit effectively.
Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all dirt and dust.
Use a good dust mop one with a 12 to 18 inch cotton head and a special dust mop cleaning product safe for hardwood floors. It is advisable to spray the cleaning solution on the mop head, and not directly on the floors.