Hardwood Flooring Preventive Maintenance Tips & Care

How to Care for Hardwood Floors and Maintenance Tips

Your hardwood floors are beautiful and we can see why you’re so proud of them. We know that caring for hardwood floors can be a challenge, but it’s worth it to keep them looking their best. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you maintain your hardwood floors.


Importance of Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is the best way to keep your hardwood floors looking their best.

  • It’s important to take care of your floors so they last longer and stay beautiful.
  • The more you know about how to care for hardwood floors, the easier it will be for you to keep them looking great.


Understanding Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but they require some special care.

  • Hardwood is a natural material that can be damaged by water and other liquids.
  • It’s important to keep your floors dry and clean so they don’t warp or crack.


Types of Hardwood Floors

  • Solid hardwood floors are made from one piece of wood and can be sanded down to remove scratches or dents.
  • Engineered hardwood floors are made from layers of wood that are glued together, which makes them more stable than solid hardwood. They also have a protective finish on top that helps prevent stains and damage.


Why Care Matters – Solid hardwood floors are more susceptible to scratches and dents than engineered hardwood floors, so it’s important to keep them clean and free of debris. – Engineered hardwood floors have a protective finish on top that helps prevent stains and damage, but they can still be scratched if you don’t take care of them properly.


Daily Care Tips

Sweeping and Dusting – Use a soft-bristle broom or vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dirt and debris from your floors. – Avoid using water on your hardwood floors, as it can cause them to warp or buckle. Instead, use a dry mop or cloth to wipe up spills as soon as possible. – If you do need to use water to clean up a spill, make sure that it’s only a small amount and that you dry the area thoroughly afterwards.


Spot Cleaning – If you spill something on your hardwood floors, blot it up immediately with a clean cloth or paper towel. – Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean up spills, as they can damage the finish on your floors. Instead, use a mild soap solution and warm water to remove stains from your hardwood floors.


Weekly Deep Cleaning


Use a soft-bristled broom to sweep up any loose dirt or debris from your hardwood floors. – Vacuum the area with a brush attachment, making sure that you don’t press down too hard on the floorboards. If there are any small particles left behind after vacuuming, use an old toothbrush or other small brush to remove them.


Proper Mop Technique – How to mop without damaging the wood with excessive water

  • Start by sweeping the floor with a broom or vacuum cleaner to remove any loose dirt and debris.
  • Fill your mop bucket with warm water and add 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Or use one of the eco-friendly cleaning solution recipe below.
  • Dip your mop into the soapy water, wring it out well, then place it on the floor.
  • Dip a clean mop into the solution and wring it out so that it’s damp, not dripping wet.
  • Mop the floor in small sections, working from one end to the other until you’ve covered all areas.
  • Rinse out your mop after each section and wring it out again before moving onto another section.


Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

  • Use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean your hardwood floors.
  • Mix 1 cup of white distilled vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket or large container.
  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of dish soap.
  • Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water and 1 tablespoon of dish soap.
  • Combine 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1 quart of warm water and 1 tablespoon of dish soap.


Seasonal Maintenance

  • Use a soft-bristle brush to remove any dirt or debris from the floor.
  • Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth or sponge, then dry it thoroughly.
  • Apply a thin coat of wax to protect the wood and give it a glossy finish.


Protecting from the Elements:

  • Keep your floors out of direct sunlight whenever possible. If you have large windows that let in a lot of light, consider installing blinds or curtains to block some of the sun’s rays.
  • Use a humidifier during the winter months to keep moisture levels up in your home. This will help prevent cracking and warping of the wood.
    Avoid harsh chemicals
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals on your floors, such as bleach or ammonia. These can strip the finish and damage the wood. Instead, use a mild soap and water solution to clean spills and stains.


Refreshing the Finish

When and how to reapply finish to keep floors looking vibrant:

If your floors are looking dull or worn, it may be time to refinish them. This is a process that involves sanding down the top layer of finish and applying a new coat. You can do this yourself with some basic tools and materials, but if you’re not comfortable doing so, hire a professional.


Preventive Measures

Furniture Padding

Felt pads are a great way to protect your floors from scratches and dents. They can be attached to the bottom of furniture legs or used as coasters for drinks. You can find them at most home improvement stores.

  • If you have pets, consider using pet-friendly furniture pads that won’t harm their paws if they step on them.
  • If you don’t want to use felt pads, try using rubber ones instead. These will provide some protection against scratches but won’t leave behind any residue like felt does.


Rugs and Mats

Rugs and mats can be used to protect your floors from scratches, dents, and stains. They also add a decorative touch to any room. If you have hardwood floors, consider placing a rug or mat under furniture legs that come into contact with the floor. This will help prevent scratches caused by moving furniture around.


Managing Humidity and Temperature

Wood floors are sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. If you live in an area with high humidity, it’s important to keep your home at a consistent level of moisture. This can be done by using a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on the season. If you have hardwood floors that are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time, consider installing window coverings such as blinds or curtains.


Addressing Common Issues
If you have a hardwood floor that is showing signs of wear, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. This can be done by refinishing the surface or replacing damaged boards.

If your wood floors are squeaking, try applying a lubricant such as WD-40 or silicone spray to the affected area.


Scratches and Scuffs: DIY methods for minor repairs. – If you have a minor scratch or scuff on your hardwood floor, try using a soft cloth and some water to gently rub the affected area. This should remove any dirt or debris that may be causing the problem. – If the scratch is still visible after cleaning it with water, try using a fine-grit sandpaper (such as 220 grit) to buff away any remaining marks.


When to Call the Professionals:

If you have a large scratch or scuff that cannot be removed with DIY methods, it may be time to call in the professionals.

If your hardwood floor is squeaking and there are no obvious signs of damage (such as water damage), this could indicate an underlying problem that requires expert attention.


Eco-Friendly Practices

Sustainable Choices

  • We encourage the use of sustainably sourced materials and products for maintenance.
  • Use non-toxic cleaning products that are safe for your family and the environment.
  • Choose low-VOC (volatile organic compound) finishes, which emit fewer harmful chemicals into the air.
  • Consider installing a radiant heat system under your hardwood floors to reduce energy costs and improve comfort.



Hardwood floors are an investment that will last for years, so it’s important to take care of them. Regular maintenance can help prevent damage and extend the life of your hardwood floors. By following these tips, you can ensure that your hardwood floors stay in great shape for years to come.

Invitation for Engagement – We’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite tips for keeping hardwood floors looking great? – Do you have any questions about how to care for your hardwood floors? Let us know in the comments below.


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