Hardwood floors are the crowning glory of your home. When well preserved, they can be a timeless design element that provides the perfect foundation for any room. To keep your hardwood floors looking gorgeous, here are five things to avoid.

 1. Harsh Cleaning Supplies

Unlike other synthetic flooring, hardwood floors can be seriously damaged by harsh cleaning products. Here are a few items to avoid when it comes to keeping your floor spick and span.


Using vinegar or a vinegar solution will leave your floor cloudy and splotchy. Vinegar and vinegar products will strip away the hardwood’s finish, removing the lustrous shine from your floors. Instead of vinegar, choose a pH-neutral cleaner.


Even worse than vinegar, bleach won’t stop when it eats through the floor’s finish; it will continue to destroy the integrity of the floor and discolor the wood. Avoid using bleach or a bleach solution to clean your hardwood floors.

Rough Brushes

Rough, bristly, or course brushes can scrape away or damage your hardwood floor’s finish, leaving the wood exposed. Choose a microfiber towel or soft rag to gently wash the surface.


 2. High-Heeled Shoes

These shoes were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do—just not across the hardwood floors! Sharp heels can dent or scratch the surface of your hardwood floors.


 3. Furniture Hazards

It’s a common challenge, so don’t turn a blind eye. Furniture can cause some serious damage to your hardwood floors. Here are a few things to avoid.

 Rolling Furniture

From chairs to carts, ottomans to cabinets, rolling furniture is a big no-no on hardwood floors. If you can’t avoid having rolling furniture on your hardwood floors, make sure to purchase specific casters that are designed to have less impact on hardwood floors.

 Furniture Legs

The natural weight of your furniture can wear on your hardwood floor over time. Protect your floor from the legs of your furniture by utilizing furniture pads and rugs.                                            

Moving Furniture                                 

The slick surface of hardwood floors makes it tempting to drag your furniture when rearranging. Don’t do it! Sliding furniture across your floor can wear away at the finish or even damage the surface of the wood.


 4. Pet-Related Damage

We love animals as much as you do, but it’s important to guard against the damage your pets can do to your hardwood floors.

 Long Nails

Long, unclipped nails can damage the surface of your hardwood floors. Eliminate this issue by keeping your pet’s nails trimmed.


Pet stains can spell disaster for many types of flooring. Prevent damage by cleaning up messes as soon as they happen. Don’t use training pads on hardwood floors.

 5. Neglect

We all need a little TLC—your hardwood floors included! Be sure to perform regular maintenance to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come.


Hardwood floors require a regular cleaning regimen to keep them looking shiny and new. Skipping a cleaning can leave your floors looking dingy.



Hardwood floors should be refinished every 10–15 years. Neglecting to do so can leave the wood itself exposed and may lead to irreversible damage.

Are your hardwood floors looking a little rough around the edges? Contact Springer Professional Home Services to have your floors professionally renewed. Springer is among Des Moines’ leading providers of cleaning services. Trust Springer with your hardwood floors!

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