Carson’s Custom Hardwood Floors – Utah Hardwood Flooring
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Care and maintenance

One of the benefits of hardwood flooring is how simple they are to maintain over decades of use.


What is the easiest way to care for my hardwood floor?

Sweeping regularly keeps grit off of the surface and wiping off with a damp cloth is one of the simplest ways to regularly maintain your floors.  Surface finishes like polyurethane require only simple care of dusting, moping, sweeping, or vacuuming on a regular basis.

What kinds of products are safe to use on my hardwood flooring?

There are several cleaners and home-based solutions to use for your hardwood floor. However, if the substances are not combined in the correct proportions, it is possible to end up doing more damage than good. At Carson’s, we use a safe and protective cleaning solution and would be happy to help you with the proper cleaning routine and application. We can also help you with other cleaning methods if you desire.

When should I recoat hardwood flooring?

When cleaning no longer restores shine, recoat the floor with a surface finish. How often you recoat depends on the amount of traffic.

Be sure to:

  • Never wax a surface-finished floor
  • Never use vinyl or tile floor care products on any wood floor

Can I damp-mop my wood flooring?

Generally, you may use a dampened or nearly dry mop to maintain a wood floor, but always to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Note however that excessive moisture will cause damage to wood flooring, so make sure the mop is only slightly damp versus sopping wet. Standing water on wood floors can dull the finish or even damage the wood, leaving a residue that discolors the wood. Immediately wipe up any water that spills on a wood floor with a clean cloth.

How can I prevent scratches on wood flooring?

To aid in protecting your wood floors from sand, grit and dirt, lay throw rugs and mats at each doorway and even along high traffic areas.  Place felt pads under furniture legs and vacuum and dust your wood floor regularly to keep sand and dirt granules off the wood floor surface.