Treat your wood floors right, and they will stand the test of time. Consider asking people to remove their shoes before entering your home. If that's not realistic, at least ban the wearing of high heels, which can be especially damaging. Place mats outside every exterior door and inside the doors as well to prevent tracking in dirt and debris. During the winter, designate a boot removal spot to keep melting snow and chemical de-icers away from your wood floors.
Regular Cleaning for Wood Floors
Sweep or use a dust mop on wood floors a couple of times a week to remove dirt, pet hair and other debris that might cause scratches. Once a week use a vacuum cleaner that does not have a beater-bar attachment to get rid of any excess dirt and dust.
Mopping Wood Floors
Occasional mopping is necessary to keep grease, grime and dirt from building up. Very little water is needed when mopping wood floors. Use a manufacturer-recommended wood floor cleaner on a soft rag or with a mop that is designed for a wood floor. Be careful not to leave any standing water on the floor, as this can cause serious damage. Read the directions on the cleaner carefully. It may not be necessary to rinse the floor with clean water, which would only unnecessarily expose the wood to potential damage.
Your home's hardwood floors are definitely an asset. With routine care and preventative maintenance, you'll be able to enjoy your wood floors for decades.
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