How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors

If you’re a home owner, then chances are you are extremely proud of the hardwood floors that you have installed in your home. There aren’t many things more traditional and modern than having elegant, clean-as-a-whistle wood floors in your kitchen, living room, and dining room. But I bet, if I had to guess, that when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your wood floors, that you aren’t doing the best job that you could be doing. So I think it might be beneficial if I laid out some helpful notes on how to keep them clean and shiny.

No shoes in the house. File this one under “common sense” – oftentimes, the biggest enemy to keeping our wood floors clean is our own actions. Yes, this means that you shouldn’t allow shoes to be walked across your house! It seems silly, but at the bottom of those shoes are rocks, pebbles, dirt and debris, and when you walk across your wood floors with them on, you are scratching and damaging your floors. That’s a no-no.

Soap and water. Obviously, one major way to keep your wood floors clean is by … cleaning them! But did you know that the best way to clean your hardwood floors is by using basic soap and water? Yep, that’s all it takes. None of these chemical mixtures that cause the wood to warp, and which are actually quite expensive.

Invest in a quality vacuum. Soap and water isn’t going to do the trick every time. Sometimes, you’re going to have to bust out the old vacuum. Well, make sure you get one that doesn’t have a rotating brush, and this will greatly scratch and damage the floor. Also buy one that is lightweight and easy to maneuver.

And really, that’s all there is to it. Many people love their wood floors, and they should be proud of them. Now you also know how to care for them.

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