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These 5 Things Could Be Damaging Your Hardwood Floors

Keep your hardwood looking flawless by avoiding these five things and cleaning your floors the right way.

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May 21, 2024 at 6:55 AM PST
Cleaning Hardwood Floor Cleaning

These 5 Things Could Be Damaging Your Hardwood Floors

Keep your hardwood looking flawless by avoiding these five things and cleaning your floors the right way.

By
May 21, 2024 at 6:55 AM PST

Many homeowners opt for hardwood floors when curating an inviting, luxe space. While these floors are great for adding a distinct and natural character to any room, they require careful maintenance to prevent damage and preserve their beauty.

David Chapman, the founder of custom logo mat company Ultimate Mats, emphasizes the importance of proper cleaning techniques for unsealed hardwood floors. “When it comes to maintaining the natural charm and beauty of your unsealed hardwood floors, adequate care and methods have to be taken to avoid causing damage,” Chapman shares. “If the correct methods are followed, your hardwood flooring can benefit from longevity and bring rustic charm to a property for generations to come.”

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Chapman shares his expert tips on the best methods to avoid when cleaning and maintaining unsealed hardwood flooring in homes.

What To Avoid

Harsh Chemicals

Harsh chemicals can strip the wood of its natural oils and cause damage. Chapman recommends sticking to mild soap and warm water instead of using bleach or ammonia.

Steam Cleaners

Avoid steam cleaning your hardwood floors. The steam can cause the wood to swell and warm, leading to permanent damage.

Vinegar

Vinegar may be a popular cleaning agent, but its acidity can harm unsealed wood, leading to cracks.

Dragging Furniture

Dragging furniture can scratch and damage the flooring. If you must move furniture, use pads under all legs to protect your floors.

Footwear

Encourage a no-shoe policy in your home to prevent scratches, chips, and scuffs from damaging the delicate surface of unsealed hardwood floors.

“Unsealed hardwood flooring does come with certain disadvantages, the main one being that extra care is required when it comes to cleaning and maintenance,” says Chapman.

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How To Clean Unsealed Hardwood Floors

Now that you know what not to do, here’s how you can keep your floors in pristine condition.

Mopping Techniques

Because unsealed hardwood is not protected by a sealant, it’s crucial to prevent moisture accumulation. Chapman advises ringing out the mop or microfiber cloth well to ensure that excess water does not seep into the wood, as this will cause it to warp.

Clean with Natural Oils

To enhance the floor’s finish, Chapman recommends natural oils like beeswax or mineral oils. When using natural oils, it’s important to spot test by applying a small amount of the oil in an inconspicuous spot to check for any visible changes to the wood’s color or texture.

Placement of Mats

High-traffic areas in your home, such as the hallway and by the front door, are susceptible to scratches and wear. Reduce damage by placing mats and rugs in these areas. Make sure that doormats are completely dried after washing, as even slightly damp mats can damage wood flooring.

Pet Care

Pets can be particularly tough on hardwood floors. Regularly trim your pets’ nails to prevent scratches and preserve the finish of your hardwood floors.




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