Hardwood Floors 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Your New Hardwood Floors

Your hardwood floors are installed, your home is gleaming and fresh—everything looks perfect. But what about when your home meets your life? If dirt, mess, and scuffs are threatening to take the skip out of your step, just follow these guidelines to make sure your floors look good-as-new every day of the year.

And How to Keep Them Looking Great

  • Leave your troubles at the door. When it comes to hardwood floors, doormats are your best friend. Keep the dirt, sand, and grime on the mat and you won’t have to worry as much about what’s ending up on your floors. Note: make sure you get a mat made especially for hardwood floors, as some rubber-backed mats can actually damage your hardwood floors over time.

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  • Make a clean sweep of it. Invest in a quality broom—ideally soft and fine-bristled—and sweep your floors often to get rid of any dirt or dust that may be giving your floors a dingy appearance.

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  • Be wary of water. Water may be essential for your well-being, but your hardwood floors are better off without it. Clean up any spills right away with a soft towel to keep your gorgeous floors from developing stains or becoming warped.
  • Mop at your own risk. If you’re going to mop your floors, make sure your mop is drier than it is damp—any excess water can seep into seams and ruin your wood floors.

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  • Don’t let furniture be a drag. We mean this literally—never drag your furniture across hardwood floors. Clean the floor thoroughly before attempting to move furniture, and then use gliding furniture pads underneath the piece to ensure that it slides across the floor with ease.

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  • Make a run(ner) for it. Consider using carpet runners over wood floors in high-traffic areas to minimize impact on your floors.
  • Get the dirt on hardwood. Make sure you vacuum area rugs and runners often so dirt doesn’t filter down through the weave and scratch the wood underneath.
  • Keep traffic in check. Moving furniture around can be even more damaging to hardwood floors than constant foot traffic. Use furniture pads under table and chair legs and on the feet of dressers and armoires to keep your floors dent-and-scuff-free.

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And most importantly…

  • When in doubt, ask! We at Dover are happy to provide recommendations and more specific instructions to ensure that your hardwood floors stay as beautiful as they day you got them.

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Renew, Rejuvenate, Redo!

Dover Rug & Home is always exploring the newest products and services available so we can provide more possibilities for our customers and their homes. Rugs have the power to alter a room completely and bring life and color to one that was once drab and out of date. They can also lift your spirit and rejuvenate your house by transforming an old room into your favorite room.

The past several months are peak “buying” times for our industry and we had the privilege of attending trade shows all over the world to see firsthand the newest trends in rugs and floor coverings. From Atlanta to Las Vegas, from South Asia to Europe, the rugs and carpets available this coming season are exquisite! They are modern, uplifting and they artistically combine textures and materials in unexpected ways. There is no better way to ward off winter blues than by giving the interior of your home a face-lift, starting with rugs and carpets!

We are thrilled to bring these products back to our showrooms in Natick and Boston. We realize not everyone’s taste is the same so we feature styles from a variety of cultures and from talented artists who combine textures and materials in unparalleled, intricate patterns. A few highlights of the new rugs we have in stock are:


Slate gray, blue and taupe riff on the transitional style, 100% wool hand knotted carpet. Made in India.


Dark gray contemporary pattern at home in a modern or traditional setting, wool and silk blend carpet. Made in India.


Designed in a modernized style, variegated earth toned wool and silk blend carpet. Made in Nepal.


Pale gold and ivory wool and silk blend rug, fashion forward inspired by the classic designs of the past. Made in Nepal.


Taupe colorways wool and silk blend designed with contemporary flair. Made in Nepal.

We invite you to experience what’s new and exciting in the world of rugs by stopping by one of our showrooms. We look forward to your visit!