Hardwood flooring is naturally beautiful and requires regular care and maintenance to help preserve its beauty for decades to come. Read on to learn more about proper hardwood care and maintenance!

Daily care

Vacuum your hardwood flooring regularly using a vacuum without a beater bar, as this can cause scratching. Dry mop as needed to restore luster. Avoid wet mopping, as hardwood is not waterproof and prolonged exposure to moisture can cause damage.

Preventative maintenance

Start by investing in doormats and placing them throughout your home. Encourage visitors to use them and to remove outdoor shoes before walking across your new flooring. Trim pets' nails to reduce scratching. You may also wish to place all furniture on furniture protectors and take extreme care when moving any heavy items across your flooring. Finally, consider investing in an area rug or two! Doing so will add style and color to any room while adding some protection to the flooring beneath it.

Dealing with spills

Address liquid spills quickly to prevent your hardwood from warping, which can happen when it experiences prolonged exposure to moisture. For more complex stains, such as wax and oil, you'll want to consult your manufacturer's care guidelines. Make sure you only use manufacturer-approved cleaning products that are safe for wood!