Hardwood Flooring Care & Maintenance
Wood floors, properly finished, are the easiest of all surfaces to keep clean and new looking- unlike carpeted and resilient floors that show wear regardless of care. Wood floors can be kept looking new, year after year, with very little effort.
A good rule of thumb is to vacuum and/or dust mop weekly. A damp mop or rag can be used for spills, but generally avoid using water to clean hardwood floors. Excessive amounts of water can seep between boards and into small scratches, causing deterioration of the finishes.
When traffic areas of surface film finishes (polyurethanes) begin to show significant wear, scuff sanding the surface and re-coating an entire floor is the least involved choice for maintenance. With Natural Oil finished floors, touch up of light wear is as easy as wiping more oil onto the wear area. Natural Oil finishes may require more touch ups than surface film finishes to keep them looking fresh and new.