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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

March 9, 2021

By Mr. Rogers Hardwood Flooring, LLC

Hardwood floors are built to take a beating. But over time, spills drop, and regular wear can take a toll on the most durable stains, especially in high traffic areas like the kitchen. Even if heritage parquet isn't your style, new pre-finished hardwood still needs some love. We spoke to Jeremy Lakeman, a hardwood expert at Bruce Hardwood Flooring, for the best tips on protecting your hardwood for a lifetime.


Sweeping

Ditch the standard push broom for one with softer bristles. Brooms made for wood floors can clean without scratching softer woods like walnut and birch. Regular sweeping helps remove dirt and debris that can scratch your floor's finish over time. Lakeman also recommends making it a habit to remove your shoes, especially heels and treads that can trap gravel or rocks. Soft-bristled broom for hardwood floors


Vacuuming

Just like sweeping, vacuuming needs to be done with soft bristles or on the bare floor setting. Keep in mind that softwoods require more delicate cleaning like a soft bristle attachment for gentler maintenance. If you have rugs over your wood floor, make sure they are breathable. "Mats and rugs are a floor’s best friend," Lakeman says—with one exception. "Avoid the ones with rubber or vinyl backings if possible—they can trap moisture."


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