Chances are you already know what kind of investment hardwood flooring is. While you might be a little sticker shocked at first, the benefits and beauty of hardwood flooring in your home is worth the cost. Proper protection and maintenance care of your hardwood flooring is essential after installation in order for them to continue looking new long-term.

Routine cleaning is the key to protecting and maintaining your floor’s appearance.  Aside from regular cleaning, damage can be minimized by observing a few maintenance and prevention measures. Follow these simple care steps in order to keep your floors looking shiny and clean, while also protecting and maintaining the floor’s appearance for years to come.

  • Dust every day with a microfiber mop or Swiffer. Using a broom can be effective as well, but using a broom only pushes the dirt around. Microfiber cloths trap dirt, particles, pet hair and other household allergens with static electricity.
  • Vacuum every week with a soft-bristled floor-brush attachment. Vacuums and wet mops are ideal for getting dirt out of trouble areas like corners and the spaces between each piece of hardwood. Use caution when vacuuming hardwood floors. Be aware of the vacuum’s wheels, which can damage the surface. Never use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment, as this can scratch the finish on the floor.
  • Damp-mop once per month with a hardwood floor cleaner. When you’re using a mop, remember that water and wood don’t mix! Avoid putting excess liquid on your floor. Lightly mist the mop head with a hardwood floor cleaner made specifically for hardwood.

With routine cleaning and proper maintenance your hardwood floors should last you may years. However, if for some reason your floors do become damaged, call upon Design Floors hardwood flooring in Highland Village for assistance with repairs.