Hardwood floors in the home can present one of two very different scenarios. Either the floors glisten with a polished shine, or they’re always dull with water spots and streaks.
More than likely, unattractive wood floors are made that way because they haven’t been cared for properly. If you’re on the road to better looking hardwood floors, start practicing these tips from Apartment Therapy.
- Wipe up spills immediately. Moisture that’s allowed to set in can cause wood floors to warp and swell.
- Place rugs near all entry and exit points to catch dirt, sand, mud and grime.
- Encourage kids and guests to remove their shoes upon entering the home.
- Sweep wood floor surfaces regularly.
- Know that the proper cleaning method for your wood floors depends on how the surface has been sealed (usually with wax or urethane).
- For new floor installations, make sure you have access to the manufacturer’s information for future cleaning and maintenance tips.
- Avoid using ammonia and other harsh or abrasive cleaners.
- Wood furniture sprays are not for floors and they’ll leave a slick, slippery film.
- Opt for soft cloths made of microfiber to clean floors without scratching or scrubbing the surface.
- If you buy wood floor cleaner, test a small patch before applying it to your entire floor.
Image from Apartment Therapy