When we moved into our new-to-us farmhouse the place was a wreck. We had holes in walls, missing pieces, and destroyed pieces including all of the carpets. The carpets were either severely soiled with animal waste or they were chewed up and no longer present. It was a smelly disaster.
The hubster and I decided that we should just go ahead and put brand spanking new hardwood floors down in those rooms if we were going to be replacing the floors (and there was no question that the floors HAD to be replaced!). So after shelling out thousands and thousands of dollars to get a large portion of our main level upgraded with new hardwood flooring, there was no way that we were going to mess it up with not caring for the floors properly.
Then began the hunt for learning the most about taking proper care of our new floors. It started with the hardwood flooring company that sold, matched, and installed all of our hardwood floors. They recommended only a certain brand (which I’ll get to in a minute…) to ever touch our floor. Then we went on to pester our family and friends who had older but still gorgeous hardwood floors and basically played 20 questions with them about the care of their floors. Then we went even further and researched on the internet for even more information.
Phew! And there is a lot of information out there. Below is the dirt, the big-picture things that you should keep in mind about your new hardwood floors.
The Dirt on How To Care for Your New Hardwood Floors
- Dust: Dust and debris on your floors can really hurt your floors. That debris gets rubbed or scratched into the surface of the flooring and causes damage. Wiping your floors with a dust mop and dusting cloth is the easiest way to rid your new hardwood floors of dust and dirt.
- Vroom Vroom Vacuum: On top of using a dust mop, a vacuum with the right attachments (use only attachments made for hardwood floor surfaces) can help pick up some of the larger pieces of debris. I would recommend using a vacuum in conjunction with a dusting mop and cloth and not solely relying on a vacuum to get all those fine particles.
- Spills: Clean up liquid spills immediately. I literally run (I may be a little bit type A when it comes to my new hardwood floors but whatever!) to get towels to clean up any liquid messes off my hardwood floors. Make sure that the surface is completely dry before thinking that your floors have been saved from a tragedy. For dry spills like spilled sugar in the kitchen, a good spot cleaning is so so important!
- Fancy Footwork: Ladies… leave those high heels by the backdoor. While you are at it, leave your work boots, soccer cleats, and any other shoe types off of your floors. They don’t call it wear and tear for nothing.
- Pets: Oh how we love our pets! Pets can leave a huge amount of debris on our floors (especially by their bedding) and can also leave scratches in the wood if the pets are large enough and their nails are sharp enough. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed and use your dusting mop and dusting cloths to gather any pet dander on a regular basis. If your pets are anything like mine, they will want to help you clean like Dixie in the video below 🙂
- Cleaners: Choose your cleaners wisely. Many cleaners overtime will cause residue to eventually build up and leave hardwood floors dull and lackluster (and kind of sticky or tacky! Yuck!). The company who installed our hardwood floors recommended using only Bona products. They actually made us promise to only use Bona on our new floors. So that’s what we do!
- Cover Your Bases: Rugs and mats help collect debris in high traffic areas of your house and remind guests to leave their shoes at the door.
At this point I am pretty much a self-proclaimed Bona aficionado. Our cleaning closet is full of their products that have been helping us keep our floors in tip-top shape. The latest Bona product that I have been pretty much obsessing over lately is their Disposable Dusting Cloths that provide a quick fix clean. They feature a 3D design that utilizes thousands of fluffy fibers to effectively lock away dust, dirt and pet hair. They also pack in a larger surface area that means that I get my clean hardwood floors in less time!
I will say that yes, Bona is sponsoring this post, but their products are truly amazing and I would not have anything on this blog that I did not highly recommended. To get your hands on the latest Bona products for your hardwood floors you can visit the Bona website to download a $3-off coupon, learn more about the products, watch how-to videos, and find the products in a store (like your nearest Lowes, Kroger, or even Ace Hardware stores) near you. You can also purchase online from Home Depot.