10 Things You May Be Doing That Can Ruin Your Hardwood Floors!

Hardwood floors can last 100 years or more with proper care and maintenance but not everyone knows all the rules. These floors are more resilient than carpet flooring, tile and and linoleum floors. You benefit aesthetically and avoid the common issues that come along with Carpet Flooring  Even so, owners can make simple mistakes that can cause damage needing professional repair. There are differences in Unfinished and Prefinished flooring care and not all cleaning products are made the same. Before you make a simple mistake check out this list of Hardwood Floor No-No’s!

Don’t pour cleaning product directly on floor

It may be tempting to create a puddle of cleaner to spread spread over your floor but this can cause the same effect of water damage. Cleaning products clean-home-2-1193877-mthat are liquid can be absorbed into wood, cause swelling and an uneven look over time.

Don’t Neglect your Sweeping Chores

Remember to sweep regularly, as built-up sand and dirt can act like sandpaper, scraping the gleam off of your floor. Pre-Finished floors are notorious for seams.

Don’t Style and Profile in High Heels across your Hard Woods

A hard, pointed heel is perfectly suited to ruining the finish. Remember, there is no such thing as a scratch-proof finish. It is wise to leave high heels at the door and make sure that they are always in good shape. Damaged high heels can quickly become a chisel on your wood floor. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.

Don’t drag furniture or heavy appliances over your hardwood floors.

Heavy furniture should be lifted carefully off of the floor and placed back on the floor once in their new position. Felt pads, furniture straps, and additional assistance are all good ideas when moving heavy objects over wood floors. Although a bit over the top ,the image below suggests a sporty way of gaurding against the possibility of scratching.


Don’t forget that water can leak from potted plants!

Do not set potted plants directly on the hardwood floor unless they are sitting in a water-tight container. Make sure your plant pot have felt pads beneath it.

Only use products for Wood Flooring

Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes causes wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.


Hardwood Floors have a Water Phobia

Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.

Don’t leave wood flooring unprotected in high water areas

For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink. If you have wood flooring in the bathroom be sure to place rugs in from of those water spouts too.

What you wax on may not wax off!

Never apply wax to a floor with a urethane finish as they can make the surface slippery. You should not buff or polish these floors either.

Don’t deny yourself more Hardwood Floors in your space!

Don’t hesitate to incorporate hardwood into most every room. Today’s finishes make hardwood products an attractive choice that’s easy to maintain and extraordinarily beautiful.

A well finished hardwood floor offers endless natural beauty, long-term durability, and will last for many generations with proper care. Should your wood flooring ever need refinishing, please let us know and we would be happy to restore your floors to their original beauty.


  1. Kendall Ryder on September 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Knowing that water is harmful to your wood floor is good to know. That way, individuals can do what they need to in order to keep their wood floors in good condition. They will know not to keep water on the floor for too long while mopping. And, they can keep an eye out for puddles that can ruin the floor.

  2. Zequek Estrada on September 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I’m kind of surprised about the impact that high heels can have depending on your weight. I don’t wear them a lot but this is good to know. My husband wants hardwood floors installed.

    • android on April 28, 2017 at 11:45 am

      I just wanna thank you for sharing your information and your site or blog this is simple but nice article I’ve ever seen i like it i learn something today.

  3. Jackie Oliver on January 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    My husband and I are doing some renovations in our kitchen. We want to put in hardwood floors. I think they would look really nice. However, I need to know how to take care of them. It’s good to know that I need to be very careful about keeping any water off of them. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. siaosi on January 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I am really tired of having tile flooring. I would love to install some new wood floors. I want to pick up some new curb appeal.

  5. siaosi on March 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I would want to know how to avoid ruining my hardwood floors in any ways possible. I would like to make sure the floors are not exposed to the wrong kind of materials. I would like to get some protective materials between the tables and chairs.

  6. Braden Bills on September 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I haven’t really been sweeping, but I didn’t realize that it could be an issue. I had no clue that it could be ruining my hard wood floors! Maybe I should get a professional to restore them for me, and then I’ll be sure to sweep diligently from now on!

  7. Sharon Collinsworth on February 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I have just had my floors refinished and one area is extremely slick. I am afraid someone is going to slip and fall. What can I do about this?

    • admin on April 7, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      The best option is to apply one more coat on the top from BONA Traffic Atii-slip. It creates a layer on the top of your finish that makes your floor more slip resistant.

  8. Kaylee Coleman on March 6, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Thanks for all the details. Choosing the appropriate finish is critical, but regardless of the type of finish you apply, remember that there is a difference between “dry time” and “cure time.” A finish may dry in a matter of minutes, but it will not achieve its maximum hardness until it has had time to cure—typically in about a week.

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