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Maintenance Tips for Log Homes – Wood Care

Maintenance tips for log homes and wood care.
by Log Home Living Editorial Staff

Six tips for maintaining the beauty of the wood in your log home.


1. Sweep only with soft-bristled brooms, and vacuum with a soft floor attachment—both will avoid scratches and dents.

2. Place rugs in entryways to collect dirt and debris that can damage wood.

3. Use a high-quality floorcleaning product (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap) every few months to clean the wood and restore its sheen.

4. Avoid wet-mopping hardwood floors, as standing water can dull or damage the finish.

5. Place glides under furniture legs to avoid scratches.

6. Apply fresh wax once or twice a year if your floor has a wax finish. (To determine this, apply drops of water in an inconspicuous area and look for white spots beneath the water. If there are no white spots, don’t use wax.)


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  1. We just purchased a five year old log home. Previous owners were smokers. I want to clean the interior walls, to remove the smoke residue. What is a safe and effective way to do this?

    • Wendy – At a minimum, the you will probably need to strip the logs down and re-stain to get rid of the odor. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, there are a number of professional restoration companies listed in our marketplace that can probably assist or point you in the right direction.

  2. How do you select the type of stain. What about log walls and wood paneling in baths and kitchens

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