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Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. It is important, however, to know a bit about your hardwood floors before you begin to clean them. What type of wood is it? What type of finish does your floor have? Check with a professional installer for any additional questions you may have.

Wood floors are very susceptible to dents and scratches. Dirt and grit are partial causes for such damages. To avoid causing scratches and dulling of the finish, place door mats on your floors to collect dirt and sand. Also, avoid dragging furniture across wood floors. Try using felt contacts for furniture legs.

Make sure to wipe up all spills on hardwood floors. Standing water can warp the wood and damage the finish. Use a dry or slightly damp cloth to wipe up spills. Also, it is recommended that you use neutral pH cleaner made especially for wood floors, because other oily soaps can damage the finish.

For general clean up, use a broom, vacuum with a brush attachment or a dust mop. Never use a wet mop on wood floors. The water will damage the finish. When using a dust mop, make sure to purchase special dust mop treatment for wood floors.

In addition to water and dent damage, the sun can also deteriorate wood floors. Direct sunlight can discolor hardwood. It is recommended to close curtains or use sheer drapes to protect against UV rays.

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