How do I Care for Mahogany Wood Flooring?

April S. Kenyon

Mahogany wood flooring can be preserved much longer if care is taken to prevent grime from coming in contact with it. Shoes should be removed by entrances to the house because sand, dirt, and other grimy or hard objects can be tracked inside and scratch the floor. Wearing shoes indoors won't necessarily ruin a floor, but wiping shoes on a floor mat can help maintain a wood floor considerably. It's best to avoid sliding furniture or other heavy objects across mahogany wood flooring. Spills should be cleaned immediately to prevent absorption and swelling.

Taking care of mahogany wood flooring can help it last longer.
Taking care of mahogany wood flooring can help it last longer.

When used outdoors, mahogany wood flooring should be covered. Too much exposure to sunlight can weaken the finish and dry the wood, making it appear dull. A deck made from mahogany might best be converted into a ramada and covered with trees or bushes to protect it from the sun.

Mahogany wood floors can be swept and vacuumed.
Mahogany wood floors can be swept and vacuumed.

Mahogany wood flooring can warp under extreme conditions. When possible, the temperature and humidity of its environment should be regulated. There is little that can be done about this outdoors other than protecting the wood from the sun. When used indoors, a humidifier may be a worthwhile investment during dry months, especially in homes where heat or air conditioning is used often.

Cleaning mahogany wood flooring can take some time, but it's not a complex process. Sweeping with a soft broom should be the first step, and then the floor can be vacuumed to get dirt that either didn't get caught during sweeping or that fell between the panels. To clean sticky or grimy areas that don't submit easily, it's best to refer to the floor's manufacturer for cleaning products that won't harm the wood or its finish. These products will vary between manufacturers depending on the type of finish used.

Mahogany floors shouldn't be mopped with a lot of water. It is best to use a slightly damp mop or cloth and dry the floor immediately afterward with a dry mop. The floor should be cleaned with product at least once a month and swept and vacuumed at least once a week.

It is best to refer to the floor's manufacturer for a good product to use when refinishing mahogany wood flooring. The choice is generally between water-based and oil-based sealants. Both have certain advantages and provide different kinds of resistance. Water based sealants are more environmentally friendly and provide better ultraviolet protection, while oil based sealants dry more quickly and are more moisture-resistant. Before a floor is sealed, it should be sanded lightly and then cleaned.

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Another tip for protecting mahogany wood flooring is to use a cleaner that contains wood moisturizers when you mop. Several companies make cleaners that protect and moisturize wood floors with beneficial oils. Just make sure that you follow the directions on the label before you use these products, and do not over-saturate your floors with too much water.


If you have mahogany wood flooring in a room that gets a lot of direct sunlight, you should close the shades during the peak hours for sun on sunny days. This will protect your floors from damage from years of too much sun.

If shading you mahogany floors with window blinds is not possible, using throw rugs where the sun shines in will also help to protect your floors from the potentially damaging rays.

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