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Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Wood Floors Looking Great

Posted on June 13, 2023


Comprehensive Guide to Wood Floor Maintenance and Care

Wood floors are known for their warmth, elegance, and durability, but they need proper care to maintain their stunning appearance over time. This extensive guide will explore the steps you can take to maintain the beauty of your hardwood floors, ensuring they continue to shine and impress.

Understanding your wood floor

Before jumping into the maintenance practises, it’s essential to understand your hardwood floor. Floors can be solid hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate, each with a different finish like wax, oil, or polyurethane. The type and finish of your wood floor will determine the best cleaning and maintenance methods.

Daily Cleaning Habits

Daily cleaning might seem like a simple task, but it can significantly impact the longevity and appearance of your wood floors.


Regular sweeping prevents dust and dirt from scratching your floor. Use a soft-bristled broom or a dust mop for this task.


Vacuum your floor weekly to remove debris from hard-to-reach places like corners and underneath furniture. Make sure to use the hardwood setting on your vacuum to avoid scratching the floor.

Quick Spill Clean-Up

Clean up any spills immediately to prevent water damage or stains. Use a soft, absorbent cloth for this purpose.

Periodic Cleaning

In addition to daily cleaning, your wood floor will benefit from a more thorough cleaning periodically.

Choosing the right cleaner

The type of cleaner you use should be compatible with your floor’s finish. Many manufacturers provide recommended cleaning products. If in doubt, a mild, pH-neutral soap is generally a safe option. Protect Hardwood Flooring


Damp-mop your floor using the chosen cleaner, ensuring the mop is not too wet. Excess water can seep into the wood and cause damage. Always mop along the grain for best results. Wooden Floor Care


After mopping, make sure to dry the floor thoroughly. This will prevent water from sitting on the wood, which can lead to warping or staining.

Preventing scratches and dents

Scratches and dents can compromise the aesthetic appeal of your wood floor. Here’s how you can prevent them:

Furniture Pads

Use felt pads or rubber cups under furniture legs to prevent scratches when moving furniture.

Rugs and mats

Place rugs or mats in high-traffic areas or places where water spillage is likely, such as near the kitchen sink or under pet food dishes.

High heels and pet claws

High heels and pet claws can cause dents in your floor. Avoid walking on your wood floors in heels, and keep your pet’s nails trimmed.

Dealing with Scratches and Marks

Despite your best efforts, your wood floor might get scratched or marked. Here’s how you can deal with these blemishes:

Light Scratches

Light scratches that only affect the finish can often be buffed out with a soft cloth and a bit of baking soda mixed with water.

Deep Scratches

For deeper scratches, you might need to fill the scratch with wood filler, then sand and refinish the area.


Stains or marks can often be removed by rubbing with a soft cloth dampened with a mixture of vinegar and water. However, always test this on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t affect the finish.

Professional Refinishing

Over time, your wood floor might benefit from professional refinishing. This involves sanding the floor to remove the old finish and top layer of wood, then applying a new finish. This can greatly rejuvenate a tired-looking floor and is best done by professionals.


Keeping your wood floors looking great involves daily cleaning, periodic deep cleaning, preventing scratches and dents, and dealing with any marks or scratches promptly. With these steps, you can maintain the beauty of your wood floors, providing a durable and stunning foundation for your home decor for many years to come.

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