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DOs & DON’Ts of Hardwood Floor Maintenance

As you probably know, hardwood floors provide a simple elegance that is unmatched by other flooring materials. However, as you probably also know, hardwood floors require a lot of maintenance in order to keep them looking their best. So where do you start?


  1. Sweep your hardwood floor regularly.
  2. Vacuum occasionally to reach the dirt and debris that sweeping cannot reach.
  3. Clean up sills as soon as they happen. Moisture and hardwood floors do not mix.
  4. Make sure your hardwood floors are not exposed to direct light. UV rays and excessive heat from the sun will damage your hardwood floor.
  5. Using a humidifier will help reduce wood shrinkage and maintain proper relative humidity (between 35% – 55%) during heating season.


  1. Avoid using a wet-mop or damp-mop on your hardwood floor. As we just said, moisture and hardwood floors do not mix.
  2. Do not use steam cleaners.
  3. Avoid using buffing machines.
  4. Never use and oil soaps, liquid or paste waxes, or other cleaning products containing oil, silicon, or ammonia.
  5. NEVER use abrasive cleaners, like steel wool pads or scouring pads.
  6. Try to avoid using 2-in-1 cleaners with polish that contain acrylics or urethane police.

If you have any questions about Hardwood Floor Refinishing, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs.Of course, even if you do everything right, your hardwood floor will eventually use much of its luster. When this happens, don’t panic; pick up the phone and call John K. Eareckson & Co. We have been serving the Baltimore and Washington, DC area since 1917 and have almost 100 years of experience refinishing hardwood floors, from regular maintenance to complete restoration.

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