How To Clean Wood Flooring

You shouldn’t have to be confused or uncertain when it comes to cleaning and maintaining hardwood flooring. Follow these recommendations to protect your investment.

Cleaning and maintenance guides

Taking proper care of your wood floors is the best way to help them last for a lifetime. Download our cleaning and maintenance guides so you will know what steps to take to keep your floors looking great.

Floor Cleaning Guide

Wood Floor Cleaning Guide
We guide you through what to use, what to avoid, and how to clean your wood floors.


Wood Floor Winter Guide

winter RH floor guide
Learn how to keep your floors looking their best during winter months.


Do Not Clean This Way

Do Not Clean This Way PDF


What products to use on your wood floors.

Many products in big box stores claim to safely clean hardwood floors. However, they often will leave harmful residues and buildup that will make your floor shiny and clean for a little while, but eventually cause a cloudy haze that is almost impossible to remove.

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Cleaning and Maintenance Articles

Need to get a humidifier? Have a long white scratch on your dark floor? See our articles below to learn more about maintaining your wood floors.


Why You Need A Whole Home Humidifier To Protect Your Wood Floors

Why You Need A Whole Home Humidifier To Protect Your Wood Floors

Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on new wood floors that might end up ruined, because they don’t have a whole home humidifier – which costs a fraction of the price of their floors. Imagine going through the process of putting new hardwood floors throughout your house. First you go through the design process. Then you move all your furniture out, move your family out, and after waiting several days, you finally have a beautiful… Read more

4 Ways NOT to clean your wood floors

4 Ways NOT To Clean Your Wood Floors

Wood floors are known for their durability and easy maintenance requirements. But, you might be hurting your floors or the finish that protects them by cleaning them the wrong way. The wood floors in your home are designed to last for many years, if not the entire life of your home – if you take care of them properly. In this article, we outline four methods you should avoid when cleaning your hardwood floors. Wet… Read more

How to prepare your wood floor for the holidays

How to Prepare Your Wood Floor for the Holidays

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! Which means that it’s also time for baking sugar cookies, warming up your wood fireplace, and getting your home ready for friends and family. In the midst of all the caroling, parties and gift shopping, there’s one thing that often goes forgotten: cleaning your wood floors. Don’t forget your wood floors this season Snow, mud, sugar, turkey pieces, dog hair, pine needles – just a few… Read more

gutters and wood floors

How cleaning your gutters can save your wood floors

You may not think that the gutters on the outside of your home can have an affect on your wood floors, but the two are closely related. Properly maintained gutters and landscaping around your home will let water flow away from your home, not towards it. Gutters that are broken or not working well will cause water to seep into the ground right next to your foundation. Whether or not you have a basement or… Read more

Wood floors allergies

Got allergies or asthma? Wood floors can help!

You know the symptoms: red, scratchy eyes. Sneezing, coughing, rashes, and worse. For those suffering from allergies or asthma, the stress of always trying to avoid triggers or getting through those times of the year when allergies are the worst, can take its toll on you and your family. Your home should be a place to rest and be safe from the typical things that trigger your body’s painful allergic reactions. But often the very… Read more

Wood Floor Cleaning Guide

Wood Floor Cleaning Guide: What to use, what to avoid, and how to clean your wood floor

Wood floors should last a lifetime with proper care, but many homeowners are confused when it comes to cleaning their floors. Which products should I use? Which products should I avoid? How do I clean my floor without damaging it? How often does my floor need to be cleaned? There are many products you can find at big box and supermarket stores that promise a clean floor but can leave a hazy residue over time… Read more

Why wood floors are best for kids and pets

Kids and pets can be dangerous – for your floors, that is. The combination of small humans and animals running around, playing, drooling, and doing what kids and pets do, takes a toll on your house in general. Your floors are the single surface you and your family spend the most time touching in your home. You need to make sure your floors can handle all that your family can throw, drop, or spill on… Read more

Wood Floor Scratches: 3 Ways to Protect Your Wood Floors

Wood Floor Scratches: 3 Ways to Protect Your Wood Floors

The first scratch is always the worst. Whether your car, your shiny iPhone, or your new hardwood floors, a scratch or gouge can make you feel like the whole thing is ruined. For a while, a few more marks of “wear and tear” get added in. Then slowly over time you accept that your brand new floor is no longer brand new. It’s been lived on. “Wear and tear” is an inevitable part of owning… Read more

How to repair a gouge on a hardwood floor

How To Fix A Deep Gouge in Wire-Brushed Wood Flooring

A deep gouge in a wire brushed floor may seem like a nightmare to fix, and a good candidate for a full board replacement. If the gouge is deep enough, the raw wood is probably showing through. Plus, the wire-brushed texture makes this seem like a complicated fix that putty is not going to do the trick on. But, with a wood floor touch up kit and the proper tools, you can make a deep… Read more

Wood Floor Touch Up Kit

Fix the Board, Not the Floor: A guide to wood floor touch ups

“I want this floor replaced!” As a flooring professional – whether you work out of a showroom or your own truck – you know that phrase is one of the worst things you can hear over the phone or in person. The truth is, there are a hundred things that can go wrong during a wood floor installation. Some things are under your control, but many aren’t. If you’re on a job site with other… Read more

How to Silence Four Types of Squeaky Floors

How to Silence the 4 Types of Squeaky Floors

For those of you who have stepped in an older home with wood floors, you’ve probably heard the squeaks. It can be quaint and charming, it may even remind you of Grandma’s house. But for those living in the house hearing the squeaking all the time, it may be a nuisance and you really just want your floor to stop! Sometimes those squeaks indicate a problem that needs attention. So we’re going to look at… Read more

Troubleshooting Your Humidifier

Troubleshooting Your Humidifier

Maintaining your wood floors also means knowing a little about humidifier maintenance. Wine, cigars and wood: three very expensive items in your home that require very specific environments to stay in tip-top shape. A grand piano, essentially a fine piece of wood work, will go out or tune or have a damaged exterior with the wrong humidity levels. If you want perfect performance of your wood floors, you need to have a perfect environment. The… Read more

Fix the Dry: Getting the Right Humidifier for Your Hardwood Floor

Fix the Dry: Getting the Right Humidifier

If you haven’t noticed, the issue of relevant humidity (RH) is a big deal when it comes to wood flooring. When floors squeak and creak it’s usually a result of movement caused by a low RH. Installation problems are also very prevalent when the RH is off in a home. Remember my story about installing some Ipe in my house? You might read about it here before proceeding. This is the humidifier I was using at… Read more

Why should I buy a humidifier?

Why Should I Buy A Humidifier?

In most areas of the U.S., it is just not possible to keep indoor relative humidity levels where they need to be for wood flooring without a whole home humidifier. If you’re seeing gaps and hearing squeaks in the colder months, it is probably because the RH levels in your home are not where they should be – it’s too dry! With the temperatures dropping the correlating relative humidity in the atmosphere also drops. This… Read more

Winter is Near: Drier than the Sahara

Winter is Near: Drier than the Sahara

Last week I wrote about how the relative humidity of indoor air is affected by temperature, and that it is feasible for RH levels to drop to as low as 7% during the winter. I had this thought, but if you have a home at 7% RH, would it be drier than the Sahara desert? I was curious and did a little googling and came across this. It’s legit. If you don’t humidify your home… Read more

35 And Raining

35 and Raining

It’s 35 degrees outside and raining. That’s basically the most miserable weather scenario I can think of. Too warm to be snowing, too cold and miserable to be outside; cloudy, dark, and raining.  Yuck.  Hope your HVAC humidifier is running. Otherwise you’ll be dry as a bone inside. Now hold up a second there you might ask, “How does that work?” It’s 100% humidity outside, but bone dry inside the house; this doesn’t add up.… Read more

Winter is Near: Bring on the Heat!

Winter is Near: Bring on the Heat!

After six weeks of acclimation, a moisture reading of 6.5% after installation, I saw gaps in my new Sappy Ipe flooring – 12 hours after turning on the heat in my house. What on earth had happened? In the next post, I’ll talk more about how winter heating cycles create the driest conditions in homes world-wide. We’ll discuss why this occurs and how to alleviate the problem. But for now, you should know this: my… Read more

Why Should I Buy A Humidifier for My Hardwood Floor?

Why a whole home humidifier is important for homes with wood flooring

We want to pass on a video from Aprilaire that explains how wood flooring failures can be prevented through moisture control. We are approaching the dry season in many of the markets that we serve, and it is important that moisture control, especially as it relates to keeping homes at a consistent relative humidity level between 35 and 55%, be discussed with homeowners and builders that are considering putting wood flooring in their homes. We… Read more

Your Floor Cleaning Guide

Your Floor Cleaning Guide

With proper care, wood floors can be beautiful, durable, and timeless. We always recommend following the manufacturer recommendations for cleaning and maintenance. We have also put together these general guidelines to keep your urethane-based finished hardwood floors in excellent condition for many years. To learn more about cleaning and maintenance, go to our full guide with links to our recommended products here. Be sure to download this guide and pass on to customers, friends, and family.   Read more