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Tips for caring for your beautiful hardwood floor

Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest flooring products to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, everyday cleaning techniques. To ensure the full benefit of the warranties and to extend the beauty of your new exotic hardwood flooring, we recommend the following steps:

Never Wet Mop:

Water and wood floors don’t mix! Use only the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products on your hardwood. Wood floors require a relative humidity similar to your personal comfort level to limit cracking and swelling over time. Minimizing excessive heat and moisture will ensure that you are satisfied over time with the quality of your hardwood floor.

Dust Mop

Use a good dust mop – one with a 12 to 18 inch cotton head – and an approved hardwood floor cleaner. Talk to your contractor about the type of cleaning products that will not harm your finish.


Brooms are fine; varieties with exploded ends trap dust and grit effectively.

Vacuum Regularly:

Vacuum with a brush attachment – don’t use vacuums with beater bars. Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.

Use Mats:

Small stones, mud and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on the wood floors finish. To help combat this, use long bristle floor mats placed at all outside entrances to keep dirt and moisture from being tracked in.

Use the Proper Chair Glide:

Narrow wheels, sharp wooden legs and metal furniture legs can scratch and dent hardwood floors. Any furniture that rest directly on top of a hardwood floor should have cloth protectors/felt pads under all the feet.

Don’t Use Oil Soaps:

There are many over the counter oil-based soaps and wax based cleaning products that may damage or dull the finish of your wood floor. The best suggestion is to only use neutral floor cleaning products.

Wipe Spills Immediately:

When liquids spill onto your floor, use a slightly damp cloth or paper towel immediately to clean the affected area.


Lift the furniture to move it – avoid dragging. The legs of furniture should have felt on the bases to prevent scratching. Use caution when moving heavy objects across hardwood floors; it is preferable not to drag things on the wood, but if one must then lay down a blanket or other item that will slide easily for the item to rest on.

Shoe Marks:

The biggest cause of floor damage is what is on one's feet; make sure your shoes are not dirty, be cautious of walking in high heels or cleats across hardwood, and black rubber soles can leave marks which will require friction to remove.


The previous statement also applies to your house pets! Keep your pets nails trimmed so they do not scratch the hardwood, We also recommend that your pets dishes sit on a nonslip rubber mat to keep the food and water off the floor.


Direct sunlight will darken your floor over time, some species like “walnut” or “ipe” will get lighter.  Window coverings, can help prevent or slow this discoloration.

Need more information?

Please visit the NWFA website for more helpful care tips:

    **Please contact us for any specific repair or finish questions.**

Floor Care Tips Provided By: West Valley Hardwood

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