hardwood floors

Hardwood Flooring Maintenance Guide

Maintaining hardwood flooring is essential to ensure its longevity and keep it looking beautiful. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you care for your hardwood floors:


1. Regular Cleaning:

  • Sweep or vacuum: Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dirt and debris daily. Avoid vacuums with beater bars, as they can scratch the wood.
  • Microfiber mop: Dampen a microfiber mop or cloth with a hardwood floor cleaner specifically designed for your floor's finish. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the cleaner.

2. Preventative Measures:

  • Area rugs and mats: Place mats or area rugs at entry points and high-traffic areas to trap dirt and moisture. Make sure they have non-slip backings to prevent tripping.
  • Furniture protectors: Attach felt or rubber pads to the legs of your furniture to prevent scratches when moving or rearranging items.
  • Pet care: Keep your pets' nails trimmed to prevent scratches and clean up any accidents promptly.
  • Avoid high heels and heavy shoes: Encourage household members to remove or change shoes with sharp or heavy soles before walking on the hardwood floors.

3. Spill Cleanup:

  • Wipe up spills immediately to prevent stains and warping. Use a soft, clean cloth or paper towel.
  • If necessary, use a hardwood floor cleaner or a mixture of mild dish soap and water, but avoid excessive moisture.

4. Deep Cleaning:

  • Depending on usage, deep clean your hardwood floors every 2-4 months.
  • Use a hardwood floor cleaner specifically designed for your floor's finish.
  • Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for dilution and application.
  • Use a damp mop or microfiber mop, not a wet mop, to avoid excessive moisture.
  • Rinse the floor with clean water and dry it thoroughly after cleaning.

5. Avoid Harsh Chemicals:

  • Never use abrasive cleaners, wax-based products, or steam cleaners, as they can damage the finish.
  • Avoid oil-based soaps and furniture polish, which can leave a residue on the surface.

6. Prevent Sun Damage:

  • Direct sunlight can fade and damage hardwood floors. Use curtains, blinds, or UV-protective window films to minimize exposure.

7. Humidity Control:

  • Maintain a consistent indoor humidity level between 30-50% to prevent excessive expansion or contraction of the wood.
  • Use a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed, especially in extreme climates.

8. Regular Maintenance:

  • Periodically inspect for scratches, dents, or damage, and address them promptly with touch-up kits or professional refinishing if necessary.

9. Professional Maintenance:

  • Consider professional refinishing every 3-7 years, depending on wear and tear.
  • Hire a qualified hardwood flooring professional for any repairs or refinishing work.

Remember that proper maintenance and care will not only extend the life of your hardwood floors but also keep them looking their best. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations and consult with professionals at Action Carpet and Floor Decor if you have any concerns or specific maintenance requirements for your particular hardwood flooring.