Hardwood floors do require care and cleaning to keep them beautiful. A regular dusting with a soft mop or electrostatic cloth will pick up items that might cause scratches if allowed to build up. A vacuum with a soft floor brush can also be used, but never vacuum with the beater-bar attachment.
Over time, dust and oils can built up and should be removed with a wood-cleaning product properly dissolved in water according to the product’s instructions. Damp-mod the floor, removing as much of the liquid as possible from the mop and never letting water stand on the wood floor.
Understand how your floor is finished before trying to remove marks. If the stain is only on the surface, the floor likely has a hard surface such as a urethane coating, so the stain can likely be removed by rubbing with a soft cloth.
If the stain has penetrated into the wood, it’s likely a soft oiled finish, more common in older homes. Depending on what causes the stain, you may find steel wool, vinegar or lemon juice, or dishwashing detergent helpful. Call The Floor Store at The Carpet Company and we’ll help you determine the best way to remove stains from a hardwood floor.