Solid wood flooring is a traditional and beautiful option for many rooms in the home as long
as they are above grade.
Some of these floors have been known to last a hundred years or more with proper solid
wood flooring maintenance and care.
In order to protect the investment it is vital to know how to clean and maintain this type of
flooring, and all the ways to avoid damage that will age the floor prematurely.
Cleaning Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring can be scratched, so in order to minimize the risk it is a good idea to
place mats at entranceways to capture as much dirt, dust and sand as possible.
Sweeping the floor daily will remove what the mats miss. It’s also a good idea to vacuum
regularly (without a beater bar) to remove any dirt or dust left behind.
To wash the floor, use only products recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Only
damp mop, as wood is highly vulnerable to water and excess moisture will damage the
wood and potentially cause warping.
Maintaining Solid Wood Flooring
In addition to regular cleaning, it may be necessary to use a spot cleaner if a stain appears
from food or drinks. Follow the instructions for the product suitable to your floor.
Sticky marks on solid wood flooring can be cleaned with a damp towel.
When the flooring begins to look dull and loses its shine it is time to refinish the floor. This
will not only restore its original beauty but it will help extend the life of the flooring by
protecting the wood and helping to reseal it against moisture.
DIY homeowners can refinish their own flooring, which requires sanding and applying fresh
coats of finish, and allowing the floor ample time to dry and cure.
Many people choose to hire professional wood floor refinishers to complete the job, which
can help speed up the process and reduce the amount of time that the floor cannot be used.
It’s also a great option for someone going away on holidays – the floor can be completed
while they are away and they return to a beautiful new-looking floor.
Solid Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
Sweep the floor daily to remove and dust and dirt from the floor. Vacuum regularly to
remove the dust from between cracks in the wood flooring.
Use mats in all doorways and shake them out regularly.
Clean up spills immediately and spot clean to remove stains.
Refinish the floor before it becomes too worn as this will help extend the life of the floor.
Use only approved products to clean the floor.
Do not use oil based soaps as they will dull the finish.
Use furniture pads and rugs to protect the floor from heavy furniture.
Solid Wood Floor Maintenance Don’ts
Avoid rubber mats as they can leave marks on the flooring.
Do not allow high heels on the wood flooring and keep any pest with sharp claws off the
Do not drag furniture across the wood floor.
Never wet mop the floor as the excess moisture can seep into the wood and cause cracking.
With proper solid wood floor maintenance the original look of the floor can last for many
years. It’s well worth protecting the investment by being aware of procedures that will help to
maintain the woods’ beauty.