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Why I Stopped Using My Upright Vacuum on My Hardwood Floor

Scratched Hardwood Floor

To say that hardwood floors are costly is an understatement. However, these floors offer a beauty that is incomparable. Perhaps, that is why so many homeowners welcome the additional precautions in care required to maintain, these divas of the flooring world.

Easily Damaged

So many things can damage hardwood floors. Fine dirt on your floor can act as a sanding agent removing the finish. For this reason it is recommended that you clean your floor often.

How you clean is just as important as frequent cleaning. Sweeping is not recommended as a broom will drag the fine dust around your floor damaging its finish.

Additionally brooms are unable to remove fine dust from the grooves that occur naturally from the placement of the wood planks. Over time dust can collect in these grooves, sanding away the finish, and making lighter lines in your floor.

Cleaning Options

Better Homes and Gardens recommend using a microfiber flat mop sprayed with a dusting agent for daily dust removal. A more thorough cleaning needs to be performed once to twice a week.

For this job it is recommended to use a vacuum. A vacuum will suck the dirt from the cracks and prevent the redistribution of said dirt. Avoid using vacuums with a beater brush, or if your vacuum does have one ensure it is turned off prior to use on your flooring.

The best tool to use to keep your floors beautiful is a floor attachment.

Time to Clean

With all of this information in mind I set about the task of cleaning my newly installed hardwood floors, for the first time. As the installers had left dirt and debris upon completion of the project, I felt that the deeper cleaning a vacuum could provide would be my best option. Pulling out my upright vacuum out I determined how to turn off the beater bar; which is recommended by the experts.

I attached the hoses and the proper cleaning head and started the process of vacuuming the floor. This turned out to be quite the task as my floor covers a large area and my upright vacuum did not want to follow smoothly behind me. The wrestling match between me and my vacuum continued as I vacuumed the floor. After the vacuuming was complete I decided to use a dust mop and dusting agent to complete the cleaning.

While I was completing this chore I noticed small circular discolorations on the floor. What had done this to my beautiful floor? A thorough investigation yielded the answer.

Be Aware of the Wheels

Upright vacuums have different types of wheels, some are of hard plastic. It was the wheels of my vacuum that had caused the damage. Apparently as I was vacuuming my upright would turn in small circles on its hard plastic wheels; scratching tiny circles into my floor. I quit using my upright vacuum on my hardwood floors that day. Back to the internet I went, searching for the best options in vacuums to clean my hardwood floor.

I ended up purchasing a hardwood canister vacuum as it can easily transition from carpets to bare floors. Sure I disposed of a perfectly usable upright, but my priority has become protecting the beauty of my hardwood investment.