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How to Take Care of Your Hardwood Floors and Keep Them Beautiful

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Having hardwood floors installed in your home will give your home a beautiful, long-lasting, and durable surface that can be easy for you to maintain. Keeping the appearance of your hardwood floors is a simple process as long as you know how to keep them protected and dirt-free with regular maintenance and cleaning. Here are some tips to help you keep your hardwood floors shiny and looking great.

Remove Dirt and Debris

It is a good idea to get into a regular cleaning schedule to keep your floors shiny and prevent their being scratched. Scratching on the surface of your hardwood floor's finish can occur as dirt, grit, and other debris are allowed to remain on them. Use a broom to sweep them each day to remove any gritty and abrasive materials, such as dirt, that can collect and cause them to become scratched from foot traffic. You can also keep a dry dust mop to run over them in the morning or at the end of each day.

Next, you will need to vacuum your floors approximately once a week to pull up any dirt and debris from within cracks and small crevices that may be present on the surface of your wood floors. Many real hardwood floors have tiny crevices where the wood planks connect together, which provides the perfect spot for dirt and debris to build up. Be sure you use the bare floor setting on your vacuum so you don't scratch the floors with your vacuum's carpet brush.

Mop Up Residues

If your hardwood floors are coated with a polyurethane coating, it is safe to use cleaners containing water or other liquids. If they are coated with a lacquer or other coating, check with the manufacturer for the appropriate type of cleaner you should use.

For hardwood and other types of polyurethane-coated floors, you can clean your floors with warm water and some liquid dish soap. Apply the water and soap solution with a rag, sponge, or other similar mop to clean any residues and stains from the surface of the floor. Follow the grain of the wood as you wipe the mop across its surface.

After your floors have dried, your floors may have a dull appearance from the water and soap. Buff the floors back to their shiny appearance by rubbing them with a towel, cleaning cloth, or similar material.

Use these instructions to keep your hardwood floors clean, shiny, and well-maintained.