Basic Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Keep that beautiful hardwood sparkling and healthy with these simple actions.
Dust/Sweep Hardwood Floors
Frequency 7 Days
Giving your floors a good dusting with a microfiber mop or cloth will be your best daily defense against scratches and surface damage.">


Microfiber cleaning pads often use static electricity to trap dirt, particles, and other household allergens. Using a broom to can be effective as well, but using a broom only pushes the dirt around. When you want to clean your floors without damaging them, avoid lifting your microfiber mop up off the floor when you clean—this way you keep the dirt trapped on the pad.

We avoid creating daily repeating actions to be annoying but experts suggest doing this daily.


Weekly maintenance will deal with the harder to reach areas that a daily dusting can’t reach. Vacuums and wet mops are ideal for getting the dirt out of trouble areas like corners and the spaces between each piece of hardwood. However, using vacuums and mops come with extra caution when you want to clean floors without damaging them.

If your vacuum has a beater bar, make sure it doesn’t hit the bar floor. Also, the wheels on a vacuum might damage the floor. When you’re using a mop, remember that water and wood don’t mix! Avoid putting the excess liquid on your floor. Lightly misting your floor with a hardwood floor cleaner will be enough to give it a great clean. A gentle touch is one of the best ways to clean hardwood flooring.

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Polish Wood Floor
Frequency 30 Days
Polishing renews and refreshes the finish that protects your hardwood floor.">

Polishing your floor every month is a great way to clean hardwood flooring. We suggest doing this every or every other month. With floors that have some kind of protective sealant, it is the finish that is getting the most attention when we clean—not the actual hardwood. Polishing your floor fills in microscopic scratches and evens out a floor’s protective surface. Polishing a hardwood floor is not a difficult task and can be done with a minimal amount of effort.

We Recommend: Bona

Both Bona High Gloss and Low Gloss are urethane acrylic blends. The Bona High Gloss dries very quickly without any waxy build-up.

It works with both unfinished hardwood floors and those that are prefinished with polyurethane at the store or factory.

Make sure that your hardwood floor can take this polish by applying the Bona High Gloss to a small area first, especially if your floor is oiled or waxed.

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Hardwood Floor Polish Applicator
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Other Considerations

Use Mats. Place mats or rugs at entryways or other traffic areas to minimize the amount of dirt and debris that gets onto your floors. Make sure the protective coverings you use are designed for wood floors. Some rubber-backed mats can trap moisture, damaging floors in the process.

Things to Avoid. Avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, wax or steam cleaners on your hardwood floors. Vinegar and water actually dull the floor’s finish over time, while soap and wax leave residue. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.

Traffic Concerns. As you come up with your maintenance routine, remember that the overall use of your floors will dictate how often you need to clean. High-traffic areas may need to be mopped or polished more often, while less-frequented floors can go a bit longer between more intense cleanings.

Finding the best way to clean hardwood floors will take some time and patience, but with the right tools and techniques, you’ll be able to keep your floors looking their best. Remember that the time you spend maintaining your floors pales in comparison to how much time you’ll spend enjoying your floors.