10 Things to Never Do To A Wood Floor

Wood floors are made from an organic material that continues to be affected by its environment and the maintenance materials you choose to apply to it.  We believe that a well maintained wood floor is an investment and can add to the aesthetic of your home in significant ways. 

In order to keep your wood floor looking its best, we suggest you order from Arboritec’s line of wood floor care products and our Complete Wood Floor Care Kit is a great place to start. 

Aside from what you should do for your wood floor, here are ten things you should avoid doing to your floor.

Ten Things to Never Do To A Wood Floor

  1. Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals to clean your floor. We do not recommend the use of ammonia, vinegar, dish washing detergent, powdered all-purpose cleaner, Endust, Pledge, oil soap, or any type of wax or silicone base products on your floor.
  2. Do not use hard casters on any furniture directly on your hardwood floor. Casters can cause isolated wear areas on your floor and increase the frequency of recoat and refinish projects.
  3. Do not use steam mops on your hardwood floor.  The use of water in all its forms, including steam, on wood floor should be limited to the degree possible. The high heat from some steam mops can also serve to thermally break down your floor’s protective layer over time. 
  4. Do not pour cleaning product directly on floor.  It may be tempting to create a puddle of cleaner and spread it out over your floor but this approach can have the same effect as using too much water when cleaning. Cleaning products that are applied too liberally in spots can absorb into wood, cause swelling and an uneven look over time. 
  5. Do not wait too long between refinish projects.   Any wood floor finish will eventually show wear patterns and surface scratches.  When you begin to see dull traffic areas, it is time to consider re-coating your floors. Re-coating is a one day process, and cost much less than sanding/refinishing.  You should plan on re-coating hardwood floors every 3 to 5 years depending on traffic patterns and wear.  Do not wait until you wear through the finish to the bare wood or sanding may be required.
  6. Do not wear high heel shoes on wood floors. High heel shoes can cause denting in hardwood. It is wise to leave high heels at the door and make sure that they are always in good shape. Damaged high heels can quickly become a chisel on your wood floor.
  7. Do not leave the legs of your furniture unprotected. Protective pads should be added under the legs of every piece of furniture that comes in contact with your hardwood floor.  The weight of furniture left unprotected can damage the finish and the wood over time.
  8. Do not drag furniture or heavy appliances over your hardwood floors. Heavy furniture should be lifted carefully off of the floor and placed back on the floor once in their new position. Felt pads, furniture straps, and additional assistance are all good ideas when moving heavy objects over wood floors.  
  9. Do not let your dog’s nails remain untrimmed. The sound of a dog nails as they skitter across a wood floor is not just annoying, but those nails will ruin your finish and eventually ruin your floors is they remain untrimmed. Both you and your pet will be happier if you trim their nails when required. 
  10. Do not allow pet stains remain untreated.  If Fido or Kitty have an accident on your wood floor, be sure and address the issue immediately.  The longer urine sits on a wood floor, the worse it is for the floor. If the accident happens on an area rug or throw rug, make sure to clean and dry both the rug and the wood floor underneath the accident.


  • Dear Beverly,

    Sorry to hear your housekeeper mixed up the cleaner bottles. Usually, a sticky and filmy surface is a result of using a too strong or a too concentrated cleaner. However, you should be able to recover and save your floors. It may take up to a few cleaning cycles with a professional hardwood floor cleaner, such as all Arboritec. You can use any of the cleaners featured on our website. Let us know, if it helped to solve your problem?

    Thank you,
    Arboritec USA

    Arboritec USA
  • I think my housekeeper used the cleaner for the stone floors on my engineered hardwood floors. The floors are filmy and sticky. Are they ruined? Is there anything I can do? Please help.

  • John – If your floors are very dirty, I suggest you vacuum them first (without the beater brush turned on) and then use a little elbow grease, and a heavy dose of our cleaner in conjunction with our mop and microfiber pad. Arboritec offers a wide variety of products that can be used to bring your floor back to life in the hands of a wood flooring professional. Sealers and ceramic-fortified waterborne finishes that resist pet scratches are just options available to you. If your floor needs help with deep scratches left by pets, I recommend you use our project request form to request professional assistance: http://shop.arboritec.com/pages/waterborne-finishes

    Chris Sparks
  • I have heart of Pine wood floors. The floors are very dirty. Dirt in the space between boards and floors itself. How can I clean the floor and what sealer would I need to apply after cleaning. What can be done on scratches in the floor, from pet nails. We have the dog groomed and nails cut (NOW)

  • where do I find the cleaner and the name of it .thank u so much.have a nice thanksgiving.

    carol thorne

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