Hardwood finishes are now so advanced, they typically stand up exceptionally well and are easy to clean and keep beautiful. Nevertheless, there are some specifications to follow while cleaning your floors on a day to day basis.The following guidelines will help everyone who is responsible for maintaining wood floors know what to do (and Not Do) to maintain hardwood floors. We want you to be comfortable with your purchase: we’d be glad to answer any questions you might have about hardwood (or other) floors.

Cleaning the hardwoods

Do

  • Do vacuum and sweep your floor frequently, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Do keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
  • Do use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly.
  • Do remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on floor.
  • Do use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and maintain proper relative humidity (between 35% – 55%).

Don’t

  • Do not wet-mop, damp-mop, or clean your floor with water or other liquids.
  • Do not use hardwood floor-cleaning or buffing machines or steam cleaners.
  • Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax or other household products containing oil (such as citrus, lemon or tung oil), silicon or ammonia to clean floor.
  • Do not use harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal or scouring powders.

Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners with polish that may contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss. 
 

Establish a Clean Routine

Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom regularly, especially before using floor cleaners, to prevent gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. Wipe up spills and spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth. Use ice to harden tough substances such as candle wax or chewing gum and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

For your convenience, we have a complete line of cleaning supplies, plus advice on how best to keep your hardwood floors looking like new. Let us know if you have any questions.