How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Care & Maintenance Guidelines

Properly caring for your Palmetto Road hardwood floors will ensure that they will continue to look beautiful for years to come.  We recommend Bona Professional Series cleaners specifically made for hardwood floors.  It is important to read all the ingredients in a flooring cleaner before it is used on the floors.

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Palmetto Road Hardwood Floors Care & Maintenance Guidelines


A few essential tips for maintaining hardwood floors:

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly to rid your floor of dust and eliminate abrasives that can scratch the floor finish.
  • Quickly wipe spills from the floor to protect the wood from excess liquid.
  • Regularly swept or vacuumed floors will almost eliminate any need to “clean” the floor with a cleaning product. But when a cleaning product is needed, we suggest only using a “hardwood specific, non-oil based cleaner.”
  • Cleaning products should be sprayed onto the sponge mop or hand towel, never onto the floor itself.
  • Use mats outside and inside entrances to prevent sand and abrasives build-up on your hardwood floor. Avoid rubber or other dense mat backings that prevent airflow beneath rugs and retain abrasives and humidity.
  • Use mats near the sink, dishwasher, and workstations to protect the floor from cooking utensils, water spills, detergents, oils, and other kitchen mishaps.
  • Stick felt pads under any furniture or chair legs to ease movement and prevent scratches on the wood floor. Keep pads clean at all times and regularly check for signs of wear.
  • Opt for large, soft polyurethane or rubber casters rather than narrow, rigid plastic ones.
  • Protect your hardwood floor when moving heavy objects. Place on a reversed mat and slide smoothly over the floor.
  • Be careful with pointed objects such as spiked-heeled and sports shoes that may damage the finish of your wood floor, especially if they are worn or damaged.
  • Maintain a relative humidity level of around 45% for your good health, your wood floor, and furnishings. Wood is a natural material that reacts to relative humidity variations when moisture is absorbed or released.
  • The floor needs to be protected from sunlight and intense artificial lighting to reduce the discoloration of exposed wood. This phenomenon with wood surfaces is normal and natural and varies according to species.
  • Occasionally move furniture and carpets around and reduce intense light sources to minimize color contrasts.
  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed to avoid scratches on the floors