Daily Hardwood Care
Routine care is important not only to keep your hardwood looking great but also for the longevity of your flooring. Dirt and debris can cause scratches and wear down your hardwood, leaving it looking damaged and dull. By regularly sweeping and dry mopping, your flooring will remain gorgeous and last longer. You can also damp mop most hardwood, but be extra careful not to let moisture sit or stand because it can damage your floors.
It's also a good idea to place mats at entryways and remove shoes at the door to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home. If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches.
When you see dirt has been tracked into your home or you see a dry spill, it's best to act quickly to prevent the area from becoming a stain. Begin by sweeping to remove any loose dirt or debris. You can use a damp, clean cloth to remove any residue. Use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution on the area, if needed. Be sure not to let moisture or a cleaning solution stand, as it can lead to warped or bowed floors.
Unfortunately spills are inevitable, especially in a home with children. When a liquid is spilled, acting quickly will prevent the area from becoming a stubborn stain. Soak up the liquid with a clean, dry cloth. You can use a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution on the area, if needed. Be sure not to let moisture or a cleaning solution stand as it can damage your floors.
Thankfully, most minor or superficial scratches can be fixed easily without a professional. Some scratches on your hardwood can be fixed by rubbing a walnut over the area; its oil will fill in the scratch. Wax sticks or a mixture of oil and apple cider vinegar may also be used. Before using a method, it is important to first consult your manufacturer's guide to ensure you don't void your warranty.