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Hardwood flooring, whether solid or engineered, is loved for its beauty and timelessness. To keep it looking its best, however, you'll need to put in a little bit of work. While many of today's manufacturers use built-in technology such as Shaw’s ScufResist™ to make their flooring more durable, hardwood isn't impervious to wear and tear.
Daily care and maintenance
First, establish a preventative maintenance routine. Invest in doormats and place them all around your home. Encourage family members and visitors to use them. Heavy furniture can leave dents in hardwood over time. Use floor protectors on all table and chair legs. Then, establish your regular cleaning routine. Sweep, vacuum, and mop your flooring regularly to keep it looking its very best. Use manufacturer-approved devices.
You can use floor protectors, you can trim your pets' nails, and you can make sure everyone takes their shoes off before they walk on your hardwood. But there's something more fun you can do as well. You can invest in a few area rugs! These protect hard-surface flooring while adding color and comfortable padding to any room.
Dealing with spills and stains
Occasional spills and stains are inevitable, especially if you have pets or kids. Most liquid spills will wipe away simply with a cloth. You'll want to do this as quickly as possible, as hardwood flooring is not water-resistant. Other spills, such as wax or nail polish, are more complex. For these, you'll want to consult our handy hardwood care guide.