hardwood floors

Maintaining and Preserving your Hardwood Floors

What is the type of finish on your hardwood floor? Here are some options:

  • Shellac
  • Varnish
  • Wax
  • Unfinished

Every finish has specific care requirements. Here’re some considerations and general treatment tips to get you started.

Test your wood floor to see how fast it absorbs water. This will gauge how worn the seal has become and how you should treat it.

An easy method for cleaning modern, sealed floors is a steam cleaner such as a Sharc, Monster, or Eureka brands. A steamer will sanitize the floor without using chemicals, is maneuverable, and covers a large area in little time.

Gentle cleaning methods are required depending on the type of authentic wood floors and modern seals. For example, a common flooring that should not be steam cleaned is Pergo. Although a resilient floor, it is not sealed and should be mopped using a Swiffer, bona mop, or damp micro-fiber sweeper.

Maintenance cleaning and restoring wood through treatment is the key to preserving the wood year after year.