Encourage people to remove their shoes and use rugs in high traffic areas. A welcome mat at the entrance can help reduce a great deal of dirt, gravel and other outdoor debris that could potentially scratch your hardwood flooring from entering your home. You should sweep or vacuum your floors daily to ensure that all debris is removed.
Avoiding Scratches On Hardwood Flooring
Avoiding Moisture On Hardwood Flooring
The best method for preventing outside moisture from ruining your hardwood flooring is to use a entrance mat and ask that all shoes be removed before entering. You should also be quick to clean up any spills that might occur on any given day.
Moisture should also be considered when cleaning your floors. How you care for your hardwood flooring will depend on if the type of flooring you had installed was sealed or not. Most newer hardwood floors are sealed with a polyurethane or similar finish. Other flooring might be varnished, shellacked, lacquered, treated with penetrating sealants or left unfinished.
For polyurethane-treated hardwood flooring you can sweep or vacuum, use a damp mop with a cleaning solution and then gently buff with a dry soft cloth. For all other hardwood flooring you should never use a wet mop or use a furniture polish. Sweep or vacuum them frequently and quickly clean up any spills.
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