Even if you don't have a lot of time to invest in upkeep, simply following these easy care & maintenance steps can ensure your hardwood longevity.
Daily care & maintenance
To keep your hardwood looking its best, first consider preventative maintenance. Use floor protectors with all furniture and take great care when moving heavy objects across your flooring. Invest in mats and place them throughout your home, particularly at entryways. Encourage visitors to remove their shoes before walking across your flooring. You'll also want to use a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed, as hardwood is sensitive to climate.
For daily care, sweep and vacuum regularly. You can use a dry mop, but you won't want to use a wet mop, as moisture can cause your hardwood to warp and could void your product's warranty.
Dealing with spills & stains
With hardwood, it's essential to address spills quickly. Immediately blot up any liquid messes with a clean, soft cloth. Don't let liquids sit on your hardwood, as it could result in damage such as warping or cupping. For more difficult stains, refer to your manufacturer's care guidelines. You can also use manufacturer-approved cleaners on your flooring to deal with tougher spills.