Prefinished hardwood floors add warmth, beauty, and value to any home. However, these floors require proper maintenance and cleaning to keep them in pristine condition. Using the wrong techniques or products can damage the factory-applied finish rather quickly.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide tips to safely clean prefinished wood floors and highlight Milton Hardwood’s professional floor cleaning and installation services for homeowners in Milton, Burlington, and Oakville.

Cleaning Tips for Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Follow these methods recommended by Milton Hardwood’s experts to keep your prefinished floors spotless:

Daily Sweeping

Use a soft-bristle broom to sweep dust and debris from the floors daily. This prevents particles from scratching the finish. Be sure to sweep under furniture, along baseboards, and in corners. Move chairs, tables, and sofas as needed to reach the entire floor.

Occasional Damp Mopping

When needed, use a lightly dampened microfiber mop to remove stuck-on dirt. Wring the mop out thoroughly before use, and work in manageable 3×3 foot sections. Scrub dirty areas gently before mopping overall. Immediately wipe up any excess moisture with a dry cloth to prevent water stains.

Using the Right Cleaners

Always check that floor cleaners are approved for use on factory-finished wood floors. Improper cleaners can damage protective finishes. Dilute the cleaner per the instructions and test in an inconspicuous area like a closet first before overall use. Avoid excessive water that could penetrate seams.

Dealing with Spills

Blot up liquid spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth. For sticky spills, lightly dampen a cloth with wood floor cleaner and wipe clean. Use a vinegar, lemon juice, or ammonia-based cleaner to help cut through grease. Dry the area thoroughly with a microfiber towel.

Avoiding Excess Moisture

While occasional damp mopping is OK, refrain from soaking the floors with water. Don’t use steam cleaners or excessive moisture as this can damage the wood and finish. Stick to dry methods like sweeping and dust mopping for day-to-day cleaning.

By following these tips from Milton Hardwood’s flooring specialists, you can maintain the beautiful factory finish on your prefinished hardwood floors. Keep moisture to a minimum and address any spills or stains right away before they have a chance to set in. Check manufacturer guidelines for their recommended products and cleaning methods as well.

Hiring Milton Hardwood’s Professional Cleaning Service

While DIY cleaning can help preserve your floors, periodic professional cleanings are recommended to deep clean and revitalize the floor’s finish. Our certified hardwood floor cleaning technicians offer a wide range of services, including refinishing your hardwood floors.

Floor renewal packages combining cleaning and recoat services: We can restore worn finishes with expert sanding and reapplication of protective finish coats.

We also offer recoat services using our advanced dustless sanding system to refresh worn finishes. This allows us to abrade and recoat the finish smoothly without tracking dust through your home.

By hiring Milton Hardwood annually for prefinished hardwood floor deep cleaning and renewals, you can keep your floors looking like new for decades while getting the deepest clean possible. Working with hardwood professionals can extend the life of your floors significantly, with our services including sanding, refinishing floors, stain matching, resurfacing and stripping veneer.

Milton Hardwood’s Flooring Services in Burlington, Oakville & Milton

In addition to hardwood floor installation and refinishing services, Milton Hardwood also provides:

  • Custom staining, colouring, and finishing of new hardwood floors: We can create a unique look that expresses your personal taste.
  • Precision installations by our highly trained professionals: Our experienced crews install flawless floors tailored to your space.
  • Dustless sanding systems for smooth refinishing projects: We contain dust for minimal disruption during sanding.
  • Free in-home consultations to select the perfect floors: We help you choose floors that match your home and lifestyle.

With over 30 years of experience serving homeowners in the Milton, Burlington, and Oakville regions, we are the premier choice for stunning, high-quality hardwood floors backed by exceptional customer service.

How to Know When Your Floors Need Professional Attention

Signs that your prefinished hardwood floors may be due for professional cleaning or refinishing include:

  • Dull, faded areas of finish developing.
  • Noticeable dirt, debris, and buildup embedded in the grain.
  • Discoloration from moisture damage, pets, sunlight.
  • Development of cracks, splinters, loose boards.
  • Aged finish showing signs of wear and scratching.
  • Floors feel rough rather than smooth.

Our flooring specialists can restore tired floors to their former glory. Don’t wait until damage becomes severe. Contact us at the first signs of wear for professional assessments and quotes.


Prefinished hardwood flooring retains its beautiful factory finish when properly cleaned and maintained. Avoid excessive moisture while promptly addressing spills, stains, and dust buildup. 

For optimal care of your existing floors or the installation of new prefinished wood floors, contact the experts at Milton Hardwood Flooring today. We’ll provide the knowledge and expertise to keep your floors gleaming for years to come.

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