Hardwood floors offer elegance to any home because they are a naturally beautiful material. They are also easier to maintain because their smooth, solid surfaces trap very little dirt or stains.

In order for hardwood floors to retain their beauty, however, consistent upkeep is necessary. Vacuuming or sweeping two or three times a week, plus daily spot dusting will help it to always remain bright.  And, even though it requires some work, the beauty of a clean, polished floor will make the effort worth it.

To bring out the best in your floors when you polish and clean, here are some useful tips you can follow:

  • Know the finish of your hardwood floor, since this will help you determine what type of cleaning and polishing materials to use.
  • Clean your floors well, but use as little water as possible because too much water can easily change the color of your wood, remove protective coverings, make it rough, and eventually damaging it.
  • When using wood polish, read the instructions first and make sure you understand the procedure prior to application. Certain polishes have special instructions, so you want to be sure you are doing it properly.
  • Make it a habit to dust and sweep the floor regularly. Then apply an almost dry mop all over the floor to thoroughly remove any residue.
  • When using wood polish or any other cleaning agent, use natural mixes over artificial ones if you can find them. Artificial solutions can contribute to the quick wear and tear of your hardwood floors. You can find a variety of different cleaning solutions online.
  • Always use products that are specifically designed for hardwood floors. Some cleaning agents are not intended for hardwood floors and an actually cause damage to them.  So, ask for recommendations if you aren’t sure what to buy.
  • Avoid using ammonia or alkaline products on your wood floors because they will scratch your floors and make them dull.

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