Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations (when known) for
the proper care of a wood floor. Get that information from your wood
floor installer/retailer, and it is also a good time to purchase your
wood floor care products.
Know the type of finish on the wood floor. Follow the proper maintenance
procedures for the particular finish.
Never wax a urethane floor. A majority of floors installed today
have urethane finishes.
Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors.
Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear
dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and refinish
Consult with an installer, the finisher or the manufacturer if there
is any doubt of the kind of floor finish.
Place mats and throw rugs at doorways, exteriors and interiors to
help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.
Sweep or vacuum wood floors regularly.
Never wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish,
damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a dry or slightly
dampened towel (wipe dry).
For a wax floor, buff to restore shine. You may want to invest in
Do not over-wax a wax floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead.
Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by
applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
Put plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to
prevent scuffing and scratching.
Remember: cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor
When moving heavy furniture, protect wood flooring by slipping a
piece of cloth or pile under the legs or covering each leg with a
heavy sock or half of a milk carton.
For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of
the kitchen sink to catch water.