Do: Use ventilated floor mats and furniture pads to protect your floors from scratches and scrapes caused by heavy furnishings.
Don't: Use oil soaps or ammonia cleaners. They dull the finish and may make refinishing more difficult.
Do: Clean sticky spots and spills as soon as you notice them. Use a damp sponge or towel and wipe up any remaining liquid.
Don't: Wax a wood floor that has a urethane finish.
Do: Minimize sun exposure by using shades or blinds on large windows.
Don't: Wet mop or use too much water when cleaning your floors. Remember, moisture is the arch enemy of hardwood flooring, so keep it dry.
Do: Vacuum! Using a vacuum (without a beater bar) is a great way to get dirt, dust, and debris out of hard-to-reach places like between boards and behind furniture.
Don't: Freak out when your flooring starts to change color. All hardwoods fade or change shades over time. This is natural.
For more information on hardwood flooring maintenance, call a Stone Wood Outlet flooring professional at 503-222-9663.
Wet mopping can do more harm than good to your hardwood floors.