How To Clean and Protect Hardwood Flooring

Try a little TLC to keep your floors looking great.

Cleaning and caring for your Bruce® hardwood flooring is a lot easier than you might think. It really comes down to choosing the right products and taking a few protective precautions. Make it a habit to follow these tips and you'll keep those fabulous floors looking newer, longer!

Clean regularly (with the right stuff).

Nothing fancy needed. Just be sure you're using products and cleaning tools that are good for hardwood. Here's how.

  • Do your everyday upkeep with a broom, dust mop or vacuum cleaner. But use the "bare floor" setting or disengage the beater bar on your vacuum, and use a brush or felt vacuum head. Even better, use a wand attachment.
  • Occasionally do a deeper clean with a mop. Use Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with a microfiber or terry cloth mop cover. We do not recommend mopping with water.
  • Use products designated for hardwood. Avoid these and other similar harsh products: like ammonia-based or wax-based cleaners, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic substances like vinegar.
  • Revive your floor as needed. A coat or two of Bruce Fresh Finish adds a layer of shine and protection, and can bring older floors back to life!

Prevent and protect.

Our homes are full of people, pets and things that could potentially cause damage to hardwood floors. But don't fret! These simple steps will help protect your floors and enjoy living with them at the same time.

  • Don't let spills sit. Wipe 'em up immediately. Though, if you want a little leeway, check out our Hydropel 36-hour water-resistant hardwood!
  • Mats and rugs are a floor's best friend. Stop dirt and moisture in its tracks, with a natural or colorfast mat at your exterior doors. Throw down breathable area rugs at the kitchen sink and other high-traffic areas. Avoid the ones with rubber or vinyl backings if possible—they can trap moisture.
  • Trim your pet's nails. The truth about cats and dogs is that their sharp nails can scratch floor finish. Keep them cut short.
  • Use protectors on furniture legs. This will help reduce indentation. Choose wider ones for super heavy items. And please, never drag furniture!
  • Leave your shoes at the door. Especially ones with spiky heels or treads that collect sharp pebbles and other debris.
  • Minimize direct sunlight. Too much can fade all kinds of floors, including hardwood. Curtains help filter bright light.

See? We said it would be easy. Now go forth and enjoy your Bruce hardwood with the confidence that you can keep it beautiful for many years to come.

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