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Hardwood Care
& Maintenance

Hardwood floors are not only a beautiful addition to any space but also a long-term investment that can add value to your home. Proper maintenance is crucial to preserve the natural beauty and durability of hardwood flooring. Follow these essential hardwood maintenance tips to keep your floors looking their best:

Regular Cleaning:

  • Sweep or dust mop your hardwood floors regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris. This prevents scratches caused by particles being dragged across the floor.
    Use a hardwood floor attachment or a soft-bristle broom to avoid scratching the surface.

Damp Mopping:

  • Occasionally, use a slightly damp mop or microfiber mop to clean the floors more thoroughly.
    Avoid excessive moisture, as it can damage the wood. Wring out the mop well and ensure the floor dries quickly after mopping.

Use the Right Cleaner:

  • Use a hardwood floor cleaner specifically formulated for your type of flooring. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can strip the finish or damage the wood.
    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the cleaner’s label for best results.

Spill Cleanup:

  • Immediately clean up spills on hardwood floors to prevent staining or damage.
    Use a soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel to blot the spill gently. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the liquid and potentially damage the wood.

Avoid Excessive Water and Moisture:

  • Hardwood floors are sensitive to water and excessive moisture. Wipe up spills promptly and avoid wet mopping, steam cleaning, or using excessive water to clean the floors.
    Use mats near entryways and high-traffic areas to trap dirt and moisture from shoes.

Prevent Scratches and Dents:

  • Place protective felt pads or furniture coasters under furniture legs to prevent scratches and dents when moving or rearranging furniture.
    Avoid dragging heavy objects across the floor, and use rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to minimize wear.

Sun Protection:

  • Direct sunlight can fade and damage hardwood floors over time.
    Use curtains, blinds, or UV-protective window films to minimize exposure to sunlight. Rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to allow for even fading.

Regular Maintenance:

  • Periodically inspect your hardwood floors for any signs of wear, scratches, or damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
    Depending on the type of finish on your hardwood floors, consider professional refinishing every few years to restore their beauty and protect the wood.

By following these hardwood maintenance tips, you can maintain the timeless elegance and durability of your hardwood floors for years to come. For any specific questions or professional assistance with hardwood maintenance, the knowledgeable team at Choice Companies is here to help.

Hardwood FAQ's

Hardwood flooring is a natural and durable flooring option made from solid wood planks. It adds warmth, beauty, and elegance to any space and is available in various species, colors, and finishes to suit different design preferences.

Engineered hardwood can generally be installed anywhere, as it is constructed in a way that makes it more versatile than a solid hardwood. However, solid hardwood requires underlayment and should be installed at or above ground level.

It depends on what look you have for your floor. If you like a lot of character and variation in color, a hickory might suit your design. If you want a cleaner, lighter look, maybe a maple or oak would be better.
Prefinished hardwood flooring is manufactured and finished before it arrives at your home. Meaning, once installed, it’s ready to walk on.

Unfinished hardwood flooring is raw wood that has been cut into planks to be installed in your home. Once installed, it is then sanded, stained, and finished.

Anything greater than ~3 inches is considered plank flooring, where anything less is strip. Strip is typically measured at 2 ¼ inches wide, where plank can be as wide as 12 inches in some instances!

Hardwood 101

The number one reason so many homeowners are drawn to hardwood floors is the aesthetics: Wood is rich, natural and uniquely individual. Hardwood floors enhance the look of any room and provides a timeless beauty that increases in value over time.

Taking care of  your hardwood floors is practically effortless today with new technology in durable, diamond hard finishes requiring little more than routine sweeping/vacuuming and occasional damp mopping.  Check out our care & maintenance guide on hardwood flooring.

The range of available styles (Hard-scraped, wired brush, smooth, textured, exotic) and species (maple, oak, cherry, chestnut, walnut, and hickory) also presents many decorative options. From traditional red oak to exotic species like Jatoba, from classic, narrow-width strip to 11” wide rustic barn style boards, you’ll have no trouble finding a hardwood floor to match your style.

Types Of Hardwood

There are many styles of wood floors but only two types: sold and engineered hardwood. While both are 100% real wood and can be refinished several times, the similarities end there. Solid wood flooring is 100% of the species throughout the entire board. Engineered wood consists of various wood fibers fused together under heat and pressure to form a composite board. The top surface is still 100% hardwood exactly like its solid wood counterpart. The advantage of engineered hardwood construction is that its offers greater dimensional stability that can handle a certain amount of moisture from the subfloor without warping or cupping. This advantage allows them to be installed anywhere in your home, above or below grade, including moisture-prone basements.


solid hardwood

Solid Hardwood are typically thicker, planks that require nail down or glue down installation method.



Engineered hardwood typically is 100% natural wood as the top layer, and the bottom layer is manufactured with thin cross ply sheets of wood.  This method makes a highly stable core. It also gives the ability to install it in basement areas.

Hardwood floors are also characterized by their hardness ratings, a number indicating a wood species’ resistance to scratches, dents and wear. Popular species like red oak have a standard hardness suitable for most household activity, including kids and pets. Exotic species tend to be at the top of the hardness scale while soft wood species like yellow pine fall toward the bottom.

Best Rooms for Hardwood


For heavy traffic rooms like the kitchen, entryway or hallway, choose a hardwood such as oak or hickory, which have a good hardness rating. If you are putting hardwood flooring in the kitchen, or bathroom. Make sure you read the manufactures specification on that product.  Most manufactures do not recommend putting hardwood flooring in rooms that have water sources in them.  Although, with modern trends and inspiration, hardwood is installed in powder rooms and kitchens.

Lightly used rooms like the bedroom or home office are good locations for softer woods, such as cherry or walnut. For basements, solid wood floors are not recommended because of humidity levels. This is where an engineered hardwood floor makes perfect sense. Bathrooms are a poor choice for any wood floor – solid or engineered – because of the potential for standing water from tubs and showers.

What type of rooms can you install hardwood floors?


Solid hardwood flooring is a good selection for the first and second floors.  It does make the room look larger and more upscale in living, dining, kitchens and bedrooms.

As for Engineered hardwood flooring is a good choice for every level of the house. It is a flooring product that can go where solid wood cannot.