Hardwood maintenance SouthportHardwood flooring is a beautiful addition to any Southport home and an investment you want to take care of. Maintaining your hardwood is not a difficult task, but could you be inadvertently harming your floors? Here are a few common maintenance mistakes that could be damaging your hardwood floor:

Vacuuming with the Wrong Attachment

It is important to keep your floor clear of dust and debris that could scratch the finish of your floors if left underfoot. While vacuuming is recommended, it is important to ensure that you are using the right attachment. A rotating brush can be abrasive; instead, you should turn off the brush roll or use a hardwood specific attachment.


Often with the best intentions, we may resort to mopping as a means for ensuring our floors are effectively cleaned. However, frequent mopping should be discouraged. Excessive water is an enemy to wood flooring and can cause boards to warp or swell. If your floors are in need of a more thorough clean than just a sweep or vacuum, make sure you are using a barely damp mop and that the floor dries quickly as soon as you’re done.


When it is time to deep clean your hardwood floor (we recommend no more than once every month or two) avoid using oil based cleaners or polishes. Even if it says it is safe for floor use, many oil cleaners can dull the finish on your floors. To maintain the longevity of the hardwood floor in your Southport home, check with your floor’s manufacturer or contact us for information on products that are safe to use.

Rug Pads

Placing rugs on your hardwood floor is an excellent way to extend the life of the wood and protect it from dings, scratches, and spills. When choosing a mat to keep your new rug from slipping, pay attention to the material it is made of. Rubber-backed mats or rubber mesh pads can dull the finish of your floors and even cause discoloration. Instead, we recommend a rubber and felt pad to keep your rug in place while protecting your floor.

Contact Us

If you have more questions about the best way to maintain your hardwood floors, contact our experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte. We are proud to serve the Southport community.

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