Daily care plays a vital role in maintaining the beauty and longevity of your hardwood. Start by implementing a routine to sweep and dry mop regularly to remove loose dirt and debris, which can wear down your hardwood or can cause scratches. Most hardwood can be damp mopped, but be sure not to allow water to stand or pool, which can damage your floors. Placing doormats at entrances minimizes the amount of dirt tracked onto the hardwood. If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratching.

By incorporating these easy habits, you can preserve the pristine condition of your hardwood and enjoy its inviting warmth for years to come.

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Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, spills are inevitable. It is important to act quickly to prevent staining. Simply blot up any liquid with a clean cloth and sweep any solids. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue, but be careful not to let water stand.

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Before using any cleaning solution or stain remover on your hardwood floors you should consult your manufacturer's guide to ensure you don't damage your floors or void any warranties. Be sure not to let moisture or a cleaning solution stand as it can damage your floors.

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Thankfully, most minor or superficial scratches can be fixed easily without a professional. Some scratches on your hardwood can be fixed by rubbing a walnut over the area; its oil will fill in the scratch. Wax sticks or a mixture of oil and apple cider vinegar may also be used. Before using a method, it is important to first consult your manufacturer's guide for recommended practices.