5 Tips to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking New

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking New

You’ve got the hardwood floors of your dreams. Maybe they’re new, freshly laid, or perhaps they’ve come with a vintage home. Either way, you’ll want to keep them looking their best. Forget fancy products and high end prices. You can keep your hardwood floors looking new and wonderful with a few simple tips and some items you most likely have in your kitchen or pantry.

How to Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking New

Tip #1 – No Shoes Allowed

Taking off your shoes keeps dirt and grit off your floors. “House” shoes and slippers are the ideal footwear for keeping your hardwood floors looking new. Be careful going about in just your socks or stockings, as your floors might be slippery, especially if they become wet. You’d be better off barefoot if you don’t like to wear slippers or have a pair of shoes you can dedicate to indoor wearing only. Keep rugs or mats by the doors, to place your dirty, wet outdoor shoes. Keeping street grit, dirt, de-icers, water and muck off your hardwood floors protects them from the outdoor elements and the harm they can cause.

Tip #2 – Make a Clean Sweep

Daily removal of dust, dirt and other detritus will also go a long way to keeping your hardwood floors looking new. Use a vacuum with a floor head – never the beater/brush bar – or a dust mop to pick up all the loose bits of life that settle on your hardwood flooring. Daily sweeping ensures that you’re not grinding those bits and pieces into the wood, or allowing it to settle between the floorboards.

Tip #3 – Mop of the Month Club

One big thing to keeping your hardwood floors looking new is to NOT deep clean them too often. Too frequent mopping can strip the wood of its natural oils. Using harsh soaps and cleaners can do the same thing. Mop your hardwood floors once a month or so, unless they are getting really dirty from pets, spills, etc. Use a gentle mix of one cup of apple cider vinegar to one gallon of warm – not hot – water. Once every three months or so, using a product like Murphy’s Oil Soap or other wood cleaning product – without wax – will help keep your hardwood floors healthy and looking their best.

Tip #4 – Tea Time

Instead of heavy waxes that you’ll end up just stripping off, you can give your hardwood floors a great shine with a nice cup of tea. Steep 1 tea bag – black, regular tea – in 2 cups of boiling water. Allow it to cool. Dip a cloth in, wring it out, and wipe it over your floors in the direction of the wood grain. Dry with a soft piece of towel or flannel cloth. The tannic acid in the tea will help raise the grain, bring out the shine, and aid in keeping your hardwood floors looking new. And there’s no chemicals or harsh smells to deal with, either.

Tip #5 – Color Me Beautiful

Some like the patina scratches and dents in their hardwood floors adds to their character. Others think likewise. If you fall into the latter category, invest in some crayons. Choose the crayon that best matches the color or stain of your hardwood floors. Color over the scratch or ding with the crayon. Using a hair dryer set on low, melt the wax into the wood. Buff with a soft cloth or piece of towel. Keeping your hardwood floors looking new is as easy as child’s play!

7 replies
  1. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I just got new hardwood floors in our kitchen but we aren’t sure how to take care of them. I had no idea that black tea and boiling water could clean wooden floors. We might have to try this next time they get dirtied up. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Caden Mark
    Caden Mark says:

    There are different types of floors are available and from this if you select hardwood floors then it is one of the best option. But to maintain the durability of the floor you should do follow some important tips so that it will looks good. Take your shoes off so that it will looks good. Use a vacuum or dust mop before you wash the wood floor. In your blog you really give the useful tips to keep the hardwood floors and give the new look to your hardwood floor. .

  3. Sam Solo
    Sam Solo says:

    I never considered how the tannic acid in tea could help bring out more shine. We are wanting to redo the floors, and this time we want to have it as shiny as possible. Thank you so much for explaining how to make our floors look as good possible.

  4. Angela Hall
    Angela Hall says:

    We’ve done tile that looks like wood in a few of our bathrooms, and I love it. It’s a wide plank with light gray weathered texture-and it looks really beachy and great.

  5. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    Thanks for mentioning how you should make sure you sweep up your wood floors in order to keep them looking good. It is important to remember that knowing how to properly clean the type of floor you have can help them last longer. I can see how anyone looking into this would also want to consult with a professional in order to understand what type of materials to use to avoid damaging the type of wood your floors are made of.

  6. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for explaining how to take care of hardwood floors. I actually didn’t know that you should sweep every day to help insure that small bits aren’t being grounded into the wood. If this is the case, I wonder if it could be good to sweep in the middle of the day or late at night.

  7. Roger Middleton
    Roger Middleton says:

    My wife and I have been thinking about getting hardwood flooring and we’re wanting to make sure that we can take care of everything correctly. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be helpful to avoid letting shoes on the floor to avoid damaging it. We’ll have to start looking for a professional that can handle installing hardwood flooring in our home so we can get it looking very nice, and we’ll be making sure we don’t allow shoes on it.


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