How to Care for Wood Floors
You may have read that wood floors should only be cleaned with vinegar. We don’t recommend it. Vinegar cleans but is acidic and over time can dull the finish. The best way to give your wood floors some TLC it to leave your shoes at the door, vacuum regularly to remove abrasive dirt and dust (with a straight suction vacuum or with the rotating brush turned off to prevent scratching), clean up spills promptly and keep your pet’s nails trimmed.
When it’s time to clean your floors, use a light application of one of our recommended products and work in small three-foot square sections to avoid over-wetting the floor. Make sure the area you’ve just cleaned dries promptly before moving on to the next section, as too much moisture sitting on wood for too long is damaging. For quick touch-ups, clean in the direction of the wood planks. For deeper cleaning, go with and across the planks to nab dirt trapped in the crevices. Only damp clean floors when they need it, depending on how much traffic they get. There’s no need to over-wash them, in fact, doing so can harm them.