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Diligent hardwood floor care will keep your floors looking clean and beautiful for years to come. Small scratches caused by dirt and sand can dull the finish on hardwood floors. Sweeping with a broom, dry mop or vacuuming will help to keep this type of damage to a minimum. Spills should be cleaned up immediately with a soft cloth to prevent the wood from swelling. A damp cloth can be used for cleaning up more difficult stains, however hardwood floor care with a wet mop is not recommended.
• There are cleaners available that restore the shine to a hardwood floor and can be purchased at a local home improvement store. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate cleaners. Cleaners are specifically designed for the type of finish on your floor, so it is important to note the finish before purchasing a cleaner. Hardwood floors should never be cleaned with soaps or waxes since these types of cleaners can damage the finish and over time, even the wood itself.
• To prevent surface damage, avoid rolling heavy furniture and appliances on the floor. Use plywood, hardboard or appliance lifts if necessary. Use protective castors/castor cups or felt pads on the legs of furniture to prevent damage to the flooring.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|