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Tips on How to Clean Hardwood Floors

by Bob and Betsy
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Dear Bob and Betsy,

I just installed hardwood floors in my house and I love them! They look great, feel great, and give the room a whole new vibe. I’m scared though. I don’t want anything to happen to them. I know water is dangerous, so can you tell me how to clean hardwood floors so they don’t get damaged?
– Julia G.

Dear Julia,

You’re right. Water can cause serious damage to your hardwood flooring. From buckling to warping, water is considered kryptonite for this popular flooring material. You’re smart to be conscientious about using water to clean your floors, but that doesn’t mean you have to forever live in dust, dirt, and grime. We have compiled more information for you to help to decide what’s best for you. Cheers! Bob & Betsy

Sweep and/or Vacuum 

Sweeping and vacuuming gets the bulk of the dirt and debris off your floor’s surface. It’s recommended that you do this often to prevent your hardwood from scratching or digging into the grains of the wood.

If you vacuum, use a device that does NOT have a beater bar. This makes it difficult to pull up all of the dirt or debris and can sometimes cause more damage than good.

Use a Mop

This might sound like unusual advice, given that we’ve just told you not to mop your floors, however some mops are acceptable.

We recommend using a dry mop, such as one made by Swiffer or other similar brands. These dry mops clean up nicely with minimal to no moisture required.

If you have a spill (and you will have a spill at some point), don’t worry. Clean the spill up quickly using minimal water. Then, go back over it with a dry mop to soak up any lingering moisture. As long as you don’t let moisture hang out for too long on your floors, you don’t have to worry.

As always, it’s crucial that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and cleaning products. Depending on the finish used on your flooring, some chemicals might do more harm than good and should be avoided if you want to protect your flooring.

Hardwood floors are durable enough to enjoy for decades – even after your grandchildren move into your house someday. To keep them looking their best, follow these and the best cleaning practices outlined by your manufacturer and you have nothing to worry about.

Have a question about something specific? Write it in the comments below or call us at 1-800-520-0961!

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Mary August 31, 2019 - 11:45 am

Hi Bob in Betsy.
I’m about to have hardwood floor laid to replace the carpet that is currently there. I just found out that there is vinyl flooring under the carpet . Do I need to remove the vinyl flooring before the hardwood is installed? Also depending whether I leave the vinyl flooring or not, should I be using a vapor barrier and/or an underlayment?

Alana Kane September 3, 2019 - 2:25 pm

Hi Mary, thanks for the question. Is the vinyl flooring attached to the subfloor, i.e. glued? If it is floating, you will need to remove it. You will also need to assess the subfloor beneath the vinyl. It should be in good shape before starting. If the vinyl is adhered to the subfloor, then you can install your hardwood over it. You do not need a vapor barrier in this case.

Jade Brunet May 25, 2017 - 11:09 am

I am glad to know that one should sweep or vacuum a hardwood floor. Learning that this gets the bulk of dirt and debris off your floor is helpful. I have heard that it is good to do this often to avoid from having dirt particles scratch the surface of the wood.

Alana Kane May 26, 2017 - 9:39 am

Hi Jade – glad our article was helpful! When using a vacuum on hardwoods, just be sure you have one without a beater bar. Although hardwoods are tough, scratching can still happen!


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