Maintenance and Care

The National Wood Flooring Association is an organization that provides information to all facets of the consumer and service industries that sell, install and refinish wood flooring. It understands that a beautiful wood floor is an asset to any home. To ensure that your investment will stand the test of time, the association recommends these 10 steps for proper preventive maintenance.


  1. Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  2. Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
  3. Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
  4. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
  5. Do not over-wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
  6. Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
  7. Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
  8. When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
  9. For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug on the floor in front of the kitchen sink.
  10. Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.


Hardwood floors cover a number of rooms in my home, and as I installed all of this flooring myself, I have a personal connection to every board and staple used. Whether you have installed your flooring yourself or hired it out, you still appreciate its beauty. If you are considering refinishing or installing new hardwood flooring in your home, I hope this article has given you some insights on the finishes that are currently available. If you’re like me and enjoy the simple historical finish of a penetrating oil, or if you need the extra durability of an aluminum oxide finish, having reviewed some detailed information here, you can now make choices that are appropriate for your home and lifestyle.