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While many of today's manufacturers have made their hardwood flooring more durable and scratch-resistant, hardwood flooring isn't impervious to daily wear and tear, and it will require a specific care and maintenance routine to keep it in great shape. Read on to learn more.
Daily hardwood care & maintenance
Sweep, vacuum, and dry mop your hardwood flooring on a regular basis. Make sure to check with your manufacturer’s care and maintenance guide, in addition to their list of approved vacuum cleaners, before caring for your new floors. If your flooring needs more than just a dry surface clean, use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution and follow their guidelines.
It's also a good idea to take some extra steps to protect your hardwood flooring. Keep pets' nails trimmed, and remove outdoor shoes before walking across your flooring. Investing in doormats and placing them throughout your home will help keep dirt off of your flooring. Finally, consider purchasing an area rug or two. Doing so will keep your hardwood protected while visually enhancing your living space!
Dealing with hardwood spills
Occasional spills and stains are inevitable, especially if you have pets or kids. Most liquid spills will wipe away simply with a cloth. You'll want to do this as quickly as possible, as hardwood flooring is not water-resistant. Other spills, such as wax or nail polish, are more complex. For these, you'll want to consult your manufacturer's care guidelines.