How to Maintain and Clean Your Wood Floors: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Maintain and Clean Your Wood Floors: A Comprehensive Guide

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How to Maintain and Clean Your Wood Floors: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether you’ve just installed beautiful new wood floors or you’re looking to breathe new life into your home, we’re here to help you keep them looking pristine.

Maintaining your Wood Flooring enhances the condition of your home by retaining its long-term value and restoring elegance due to the visual appeal of wood flooring.

How often should you clean a wood floor?

Keeping your wood floor in its best condition is all dependant on how it is used and how you implement a cleaning schedule to keep it in its best possible condition.

Daily sweeping

Dust and dirt act like sandpaper, scratching and dulling your wood floors. The best practice is to use a soft- broom to sweep daily, or at least a few times a week.

This removes any dust and dirt accumulated by use. A microfiber mop is also a fantastic option when sweeping since the material won’t damage your floors. 

Monthly deep cleaning

Once a month, use a damp mop with a wood floor cleaner to give your floors a more thorough clean. Avoid soaking the mop, as excessive water can damage wood floors. Look for a cleaner recommended by your flooring manufacturer.

Can I vacuum a hardwood floor? 

This is one of the most common questions asked when talking about maintaining wooden flooring. The answer to this is yes, you can vacuum a hardwood floor. However, this should only be done by using a specific vacuum which is designed for hardwood floors

These vacuums do not have a beater bar, meaning you won’t damage your floors when dragging the vacuum. 

What areas should I vacuum? 

Vacuuming is so important in high traffic areas because places with lots of footfall tend to pick up more dirt and dust which is spread along the floor.

Vacuuming is a quick fix and will be sure to restore the appearance of your floor.

Cleaning products for wood floors

Choosing the right cleaner: 

It’s crucial to use a cleaner specifically created for wood floors. Avoid using harsh chemicals or all-purpose cleaners that can strip the finish or cause discoloration. Gentle and effective are the two things you should look for.

Don’t know where to find this? We have got you covered with our wood floor care products.

DIY solutions

If you prefer a more natural approach, you can mix a small amount of white vinegar with water. Use about a quarter cup of vinegar per gallon of water. Remember to test any cleaner on a small area first to ensure it won’t damage your finish.

Avoiding wax and oils:

While these products may add a temporary shine, they can leave a residue that attracts dirt and makes the floor more slippery. Stick to products designed for wood floors to maintain their natural beauty.

How to protect your wooden floors from dents and scratches

Trim your pets’ nails

Pets can be tough on wood floors. Regularly trim their nails to minimize scratches and consider setting up a designated area with a rug or mat for feeding and playing.

Felt pads on furniture

Attach felt pads to the bottoms of furniture legs to prevent scratches and dents when moving pieces around. This simple step can save your floors from a lot of potential damage.

Use rugs and mats:

Place doormats at entryways to reduce the amount of dirt tracked in. Rugs in high-traffic areas and under furniture can also protect the floors from wear and tear. Rugs with a non-slip backing will prevent it from moving and protect your floors. 

Dealing with spills and stains on wooden floors

Act quickly

The faster you can address spills, the less likely they are to cause stains or damage. Use a soft, dry cloth to blot spills.

A crucial thing to keep in mind is to never rub a spillage, since rubbing can push the liquid deeper into the wood. Sometimes, it could be advisable to fit a spot clean into your daily cleaning regimen to run alongside your sweeping. It won’t always be necessary but if you are in a busy family home, you might notice spills become more frequent in the pre-school and post-work rush around.

Tackling tough stains

For sticky or stubborn messes, dampen a cloth with your wood floor cleaner and gently rub the area. For tougher stains like oil or wax, consider using a commercial hardwood floor stain remover or consult a professional for advice.

Regular maintenance and inspection of wooden floors


Over time, the finish on your wood floors can wear down. Refinishing your floors every 3-5 years helps maintain their protective layer and keeps them looking fresh. Consult with a flooring professional to determine the best schedule and products for your specific floors.

Inspect for damage:

Regularly check your floors for signs of damage like scratches, cracks, or gaps. Addressing these issues early can prevent more extensive damage and costly repairs down the line.

Maintaining and cleaning your wood floors doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a bit of regular care and attention, your floors can stay beautiful and functional for years to come. 

At WoodFloors4u, we’re passionate about helping you get the most out of your wood flooring. If you have any questions or need personalized advice, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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