Hardwood Care & Maintenance

Cleaning, Water and Scratches on Hardwood

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How do I keep my hardwood floors clean?

The beauty and life of your hardwood floors depends on how you care for it. Follow a proper cleaning routine to keep it looking great over time. A few easy steps can extend the life of your hardwood flooring solution.

How Should I Clean My Hardwood Floors?

Place area rugs, throw rugs, or mats in high-traffic areas to prevent scratches on your floors. In addition, use floor protectors on the feet of your furniture, and be careful when moving furniture around a room. Be conscious of footwear (high heels can scratch and dent wood surfaces) and pets (keep pet nails trimmed to avoid excessive scratching).

Can I Wet-mop My Wood Floors?

You should not wet-mop hardwood floors. Too much moisture can permanently damage wood flooring, causing cracking, splitting, and discoloration. If you spill water on your floor, clean it immediately with a clean cloth. The best rule is to follow manufacturer recommendations for cleaning – while a damp, almost dry mop may be recommended for maintenance, excessive water will definitely damage your floors.

Can Scratches Or Stains On Hardwood Be Repaired?

Yes, in many cases, they can be. Techniques for repair depend on things like the extent of damage and the type of flooring finish that was used initially. Feel free to contact us if you have concerns about your floor or questions about flooring repair. We’ll walk you through our hardwood cleaning, repair, and restoration services.