Hardwood is a classic flooring choice and they continue to be one of the most sought-after and loved options available. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are extremely durable and can last a lifetime as long as they are taken care of properly. Here is a look at the recommended cleaning schedule for hardwood floors, as well as some additional tips to help you keeps your floors looking like new for years to come from the flooring experts here at Floor Coverings International® of Flagstaff.

How to clean hardwood

Hardwood Floors Maintenance Schedule

Overall, hardwood floors are pretty easy to maintain. Here is a look at what you should be doing, and when, to help you stay on track:

  • Every Day– Sweep the floor with a soft-bristle broom or dust the floor using a dry soft-fabric mop to remove dirt and debris that gets tracked in on shoes.
  • Every Week– Since many floors have beveled edges and small fissures that are hard to reach with a broom, you will want to use the vacuum once a week. Just make sure you are turning the beater bar off so you don’t scratch the hardwood.
  • Every Month – Once a month, you will want to actually use a cleaner to remove any built-up dirt or residue. Use a cleaning product that is specifically made for hardwood floors, otherwise you risk leaving behind an unsightly film that will only make the floors look worse.
  • Every Few Years – After about three to five years of using your hardwood floor, you will want to touch up the finish to further protect the wood underneath it.
  • Every Few Decades – It is only after 10 or so years that your hardwood floors will require any intense work. At this point, you will want to sand the floors completely and refinish them. You’ll be shocked to see your floors returned to their original beauty!

Bonus Cleaning Tips

To ensure your floors look like new for generations, you will want to make sure to follow these tips:

  • Use area rugs and runners around doorways and hallways so you can minimize the amount of dirt and debris that is tracked into the house. This debris can scratch the floor if you are not careful.
  • Never use cleaning products that were made for tile or vinyl. They can dull the wood finish and cause the floor to become slippery.
  • When there is a spill, clean it up as soon as possible using a slightly damp cloth.
  • Place felt protectors on the legs of any furniture that is placed on the floor to prevent scratches, and make sure to replace them about once per year so they do their job effectively.
  • Some hardwoods can benefit from a bit of oil throughout the year to reduce any color fading from direct sunlight. Talk to us about woods that are prone to discoloration.

When you put in a little bit of effort to take care of your hardwood floors, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of enjoyment. The beauty and value that hardwood gives to local homes cannot be understated, and we just want to make sure they stay that way! Protect your investment by properly caring for your floors throughout their lifetime. If you are interested in installing hardwood, give us a call! We offer free in-home design consultations to homes in the greater Flagstaff, Sedona areas and beyond.



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