Hardwood floors are a major selling point for many homes. They’re beautiful and easier to clean than carpets. Many people spend thousands of dollars to install, replace, or refinish their hardwood, yet continue damaging them without realizing their mistakes. Most homeowners want to keep their hardwood floors as long as possible, which includes proper maintenance and avoiding the things listed below. 

1 – Too Much Liquid

Obviously, you want to keep your floors clean and shining, which makes many people reach for the mop bucket. Hardwood floors require a bit more caution when it comes to liquid cleaning, though. Consider what happens to a chunk of wood if it’s left in the rain and apply that same idea to your hardwood floors. If large amounts of water seep into your floor regularly, it spells trouble. 

If you’re cleaning with liquid, think “damp” and not “wet.” Stick with small areas at a time and make sure they dry quickly. 

2 – Rough Pets

Pets are a joy to have, but they don’t always play nicely with hardwood floors. Keep your pet’s nails properly trimmed to avoid scratches and dents. Proper grooming keeps your pet healthier and happier, too, so it’s a win-win situation. 

3 – Skipping the Furniture Pads 

When you sit down in your favorite armchair or toss yourself into bed at the end of a long day, your furniture moves. Maybe it only shifts a quarter of an inch each time, but that happens multiple times every day. Each movement potentially scratches your flooring, until eventually, you end up with a mess. Put furniture pads under your heavy furniture to protect your floors. 

4 – No Doormats 

Welcome mats, doormats, mudroom mats…whatever you want to call them, you need them to protect your hardwood floors. Wipe off dirt and debris before entering and you’ll reduce the risk of scratching your floors. 

5 – Infrequent Sweeping

Liquid cleaners are harsh on wood floors, but sweeping is your best friend. Sweep frequently, preferably even daily, to remove debris, dirt, mud, and other contaminants. If they’re allowed to settle, they can scratch your floors. It builds up over time until suddenly you’re looking at a whole refinishing project. 


Hardwood floors are worth the effort, but they do require care and maintenance. Luckily, it isn’t complicated to maintain them. Follow the simple steps above, don’t procrastinate in treating damaged hardwood, and you’re all set. Contact Green-Gen Carpet and Fine Rug Cleaning to learn more!

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