Hardwood flooring has been flying off the shelves here at our showroom, and a lot of our customers have been asking about the best way to keep it in tip-top condition. We get it, wood flooring is an investment, and a savvy homeowner will want to do everything possible to protect that investment. Therefore, Cherokee Floor Covering thought it would be a good idea to just nail that information down in an accessible manner, so our clients can keep their floors looking great for years to come.

Luckily, hardwood is an incredibly simple material to maintain. Here's what you need to know to keep your hardwood floors looking like new!

Water is a No-No

There is nothing worse for wood than water. It causes your floors to warp, separate, buckle, and discolor. It's a real disaster. So, the main thing to keep in mind when it comes to maintenance is to avoid extended contact with water at all costs. Wipe up any spills as soon as possible, place mats at any door leading to into the house, and you might even want to consider a no shoes policy, at least on wet days.

You will also want to use a nearly dry mop, or a microfiber mop, to clean your floors more thoroughly. Make sure to wring your mop out well, and only apply as much water as needed to get the job done. You might also want to go over the floors with a dry mop once you're done, to dry the floors more quickly.

Sweep Frequently

Without frequent sweeping, gritty dirt particles will start to build up, erode the finish of your hardwood flooring, and expose it to further damage. Luckily, this is easy to avoid by simply sweeping or vacuuming the floors regularly.

You'll want to use a soft bristle broom, and if you use a vacuum, always make sure the beater brush is disengaged, or you could do more harm than good and seriously damage your lovely wood.

Lift With Your Knees!

Whenever you have to move your furniture, always make sure to lift it, never drag it. You can cause some seriously deep gouges and scratches that can only be fixed by sanding and refinishing your floors. While it is good to do this from time to time, the process can only be undertaken a limited number of times. The less you have to refinish, the longer your floors will last.

Are You Looking to Buy Hardwood Flooring in Georgia?

If so, Cherokee Floor Covering would love to make that goal a reality! To arrange for a free, no-obligation flooring estimate and consultation, simply call, email, or stop by our showroom in Woodstock to go over your options and get started on the path to your fabulous new floors!