Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

To maintain the appearance and functionality of your hardwood floor, proper care is essential. Thanks to today’s modern finishes, caring for hardwood flooring is easier than ever. Keeping the following guidelines and recommendations in mind will help ensure that your floor ages beautifully.

Vacuum your floors instead of sweeping

Vacuum your floors as part of a regular weekly routine, as well as after any event that has left dirt behind. Gravel and dirt of any kind have the potential to damage the floor if not removed properly and promptly.

Vacuuming, with a floor attachment rather than a beater bar, is preferred to sweeping because it not only addresses the surface of the floor but pulls particulates from between the planks.

To minimize the amount of dirt and grime on your floors, place mats outside and inside all exterior doors, and provide a shoe removal area.

Use a damp cloth for sticky messes

The occasional spill should be cleaned up immediately with a dry cloth. A damp cloth may be used for a stickier mess, but the area should be dried afterwards.

Never pour water directly on the floor or use it to mop the floors, as wet mopping and excessive water will damage the flooring. String, sponge, and spin mops should not be used as they hold a lot of water.

Deep-clean every month

Once a month, use a Mullican Flooring®-approved wood cleaner, such as Bona Hardwood Flooring Cleaner or Basic Coatings, to deep clean your floors. Be sure to follow all manufacturer directions.

Avoid using household cleaning products such as vinegar, and never use oil soaps or wax. These can dull the finish and can be very hard to remove. Be wary of other products such as Mop & Glo that will leave a tough residue.

Please click here for the Mullican Flooring® Floor Care Sheet.

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