Hardwood flooring offers durability and functionality but how can you take the extra step to preserve a new-floor glow? Courtesy of the Timber Barn flooring experts, these are our 12 hardwood flooring maintenance recommendations:

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  1. Dust/Vacuum Your Floor Often.
  2. Wipe up any spilled liquid quickly from your floor.
  3. Put mats by the entrances, preventing liquid or dirt accumulating.
  4. Put mats throughout the kitchen in key areas such as the sink, dishwasher and workstations to protect from spills to dropped utensils. Refrain from mats with rubber or other dense backing that prevents airflow and traps abrasive dirt and moisture.
  5. Attach felt pads to the feet of furniture to prevent scratches and ease movement. Ensure they remain clean and replace as needed.
  6. Take caution moving furniture, consider sliding it on an upside down mat with a small piece of plywood between the furniture and the floor.
  7. Manage the humidity levels in your home.
  8. Be aware of the exposure your floor will have to both natural and artificial light. Consider moving rugs or furniture occasionally to minimize natural fading hot-spots. Also, exercise blinds to yield direct sunlight.
  9. Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes on hardwood floors.
  10. Trim your pet’s nails/claws.
  11. Do not pour cleaner directly on your hardwood floor.
  12. Do not use a wet mop that can leave excess water behind.

Most importantly, the best way to maintain a clean hardwood floor is to prevent dirt and spills from accumulating overtime. Never use floor wax, oil-based detergent, or any other household cleaner on your floor. These products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film that makes your floor slippery, difficult to maintain, and impossible to refinish without deep sanding and complete revarnishing.

You can purchase specified cleaning products for hardwood floors in sets should you want to equip your home with a specific cleaning régime.

If you have any questions of hardwood floor maintenance, visit the showroom to connect with one of our experts.

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