Maintain Hardwood Floors

Maintain hardwood floors with these tips to keep hardwood floors clean and in good condition.

  • A common problem with hardwood floors occurs when liquid is spilled and moisture seeps into the floor where it gets trapped in the wood. With enough moisture, the boards could begin to cup or dip in the center. To avoid this issue and keep the boards level, be sure to wipe up all spills immediately with a soft cloth. If the floor is located in a humid room, try using a dehumidifier.
  • Sweeping with a soft-bristle broom should be a daily routine. For shoe marks and scuffs, use a soft cloth, wetted with a little water or wood floor cleaner, and squeezed dry. A good way to prevent scuffs is to avoid wearing dark-soled shoes, boots and high heels on the floor. To maintain the hardwood floor, buy a wood stain marker from the local home-improvement store and color the scratch for small scratches.
  • Place small rugs in high-traffic areas of the floor including all entrances and in front of the sink. A rug near the sink can catch spraying water from hitting the floor. Buy floor protector pads for the bottoms of furniture legs.
  • It's important to know what type of finish is on the hardwood floor because there are certain cleaning and maintenance procedures for each particular finish. Keep it safe and always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the proper care of the floor.

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This Home Maintenance article was provided by Christina Asad Edwards, a Nationally recognized Realtor and Residential Relocation Specialist. Christina can be reached via email at Christina.Asad@RealLiving.com or by cell phone or text message at 937-205-4741. Christina has helped thousands of people move in and out of the Dayton Ohio area and other Southwest Ohio towns. For Ohio real estate and homes see Dayton Ohio Real Estate.

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Comment balloon 1 commentChristina Cavins • August 13 2009 09:59AM


Thanks Christina,

We are putting in a solid maple floor now and I am terrified of that first big "drop" and dent.  But making the investment in rugs is probably the best advice.


Havea great day.

Posted by Kendall over 11 years ago