Hardwood floors bring elegance to any home. However, their beauty requires upkeep and discipline. Maintenance isn’t difficult, but it can be fairly easy to ruin your floors if proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are a few things to watch out for that could potentially hurt your hardwood floors.


Keeping your floors clean is always important but cleaning your hardwood floors with too much liquid can cause lasting damage. The cellular structure of hardwood responds negatively to water and will eventually result in swelling and rotten floorboards. This becomes an issue when water or other liquids have the chance to seep under the base of the boards and sit there without having the chance to dry. 

If you must clean with liquids, use a mop that has been completely wrung out or lightly mist the floors and dry the boards off quickly to be sure no moisture has permeated into the wood.

Beware of other liquids on your floors as well. Leaks, water from shoes and pets, or spills can all be easily overlooked. If you see any kind of liquid on your floors, it’s important to clean it up quickly to avoid damage.


Pets are an extension of our family but they can definitely cause issues for your hardwood floors. Long claws on dogs can cause scratches and gouges on your flooring but cat claws can do some damage as well. A good way to avoid scratched hardwood floors is by keeping your pet’s nails trimmed down and adding rugs throughout your home.


Dirt and dust can cause a lot of damage to your floors if particles are left in place too long. These materials become very abrasive over time and can end up rubbing off the top layer of your flooring. The best way to combat potential issues is to sweep and clean up any messes each day before dust and dirt have a chance to build up.


Furniture can easily mark up your floors. Whether you’re rearranging your furniture or just sitting down too quickly, causing the piece to move, furniture legs can scratch your floors. If you have any pieces directly on your hardwood, it’s best to either add a rug or add furniture pads to each foot.


High heels may look great on your feet, but the lasting effect they can leave on your hardwood floors isn’t so pretty. Stilettos can easily scratch up your floors, or even leave dents on the boards. It’s best to wait to put your heels on until you’re ready to leave to avoid damaging your floors.

Follow these tips to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years. If you’ve done too much damage already or are looking for something new, come into FloorQuest today. We’ve got dozens of hardwood flooring options for you to choose from!