Wood Floor Do’s and Don’ts
How to Properly Care for Your Wood Floors
Dry mop your floor on a regular basis.
Dry mopping picks up the gritty dirt that can ruin a finish!
Purchase the best quality dry mop you can. Use a dry
mop on newly finished floors for the first three months
without any cleaner.
Wipe up spills quickly using a damp cloth.
All water based finishes can be quickly eaten away by the
bacteria that will form from most animal products. These
products include things like milk and ice cream, hairballs,
saliva and especially urine. To keep your floors looking
their best, all animal products and spills must be wiped up
as soon as possible.
Never wet mop your floor!
Water and moisture are enemies of wood! Wet clean your
floors only when absolutely necessary! Use a damp mop with a
neutral floor cleaner only. Click
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cleaner we recommend.
Never use the following:
Oil soaps, waxes, lemon products, ammonia. All of these
products can damage your finish. Use neutral only,
which will remove the dirt safely without harming the
finish. Mr. Sandless® wood cleaner is the only brand we
recommend. A capful or two in a gallon of water is all that
you need to use!
Use floor protectors!
All finishes will scratch! A scratch removes the finish from
the floor, and eventually will result in a duller look. All
furniture legs need felt protectors, unless they come with a
factory installed covering. Use area rugs to protect high
Use carpet mats.
The area under your area rugs and area carpets needs to
“breathe”. If it doesn’t, the exposed floor will age
and oxidize while the area covered will not. This leaves a
distinct color difference of your floor from the area under
the rug, to the exposed area. Using “netting” under
carpet mat will allow air to penetrate under the carpet and
both the covered and the exposed areas will age properly.
Trim your pet’s nails and keep their paws clean.
Pet’s nails can damage a wood floor and ruin finish.
Protect high traffic areas.
Using area rugs for entrances and halls will keep
your wood floors looking their best. Be
careful not to place an area rug with a rubber
backing directly on your floors as some of these are
petroleum based and may stain your floor.
Always use a netting mat under your area rug to
protect the floor.