How to Care for Your Hardwood
When compared to other hard surface flooring, hardwood is superior when it comes to wear and its resistance to staining. That said, you still need to regularly clean your floors to ensure that they remain beautiful for years to come.
Preventative Maintenance For Your Hardwood
Everyday hardwood care and maintenance should include sweeping, vacuuming, and dry mopping. Make sure to check with your manufacturer’s care and maintenance guide, in addition to their list of approved vacuum cleaners, before caring for your flooring. If your flooring needs more than just a dry surface clean, use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution and follow their guidelines.
When it comes to preventative maintenance, there are a few easy steps to ensure your floors stay looking new. Invest in floor protectors for use with furniture to prevent denting and scratching. Entry mats will help protect your hardwood by preventing tracking of dirt, mud and other debris on your floors.
Also, please keep your pets' nails trimmed so that they don't scratch your flooring. Finally, you should consider using an area rug for extra protection where needed.
Dealing with Spills & Stains
It happens. Sometimes stains and messes are inevitable, no matter how careful you are. That's why it's important to know the proper stain removal process, so you don't accidentally cause any damage to your floor.
With hardwood, common messes such as milk, pet accidents, and many other liquid spills will wipe away clean, especially with hardwood floors that are designed with stain- and scuff-resistant technology.
Take care of liquid spills immediately, as hardwood is not water-resistant. For other messes such as nail polish, oil, or wax, it's important to consult with your manufacturer's guide to review proper cleaning products and procedures.