1. Choose the Right Products
Though it seems like a difficult job, your finished hardwood floors can be maintained with minimal effort. The trick here is simply knowing what to use toclean them. Be sure to only purchase products that are specifically formulated and designed for hardwood floors. If you still aren’t sure, you can alwayscheck to see what your manufacturer’s care instructions recommend.
2. Hold the Water
Avoid direct contact with water when mopping your hardwood floors. If used incorrectly, you can permanently damage the life of your nice finished hardwoodflooring. Using damp cloths specially formulated for hardwood is ok, and using the Swiffer BISSELL Steamboost works great too.
3. Don’t Be a Drag
One thing that’s rather common in damaging your precious hardwood floors is furniture. If you aren’t careful, moving it around can scratch, scrape, andgouge nicks onto the surface. Ouch! To add additional protection, use felt contacts on the legs of furniture like couches and tables. You’ll thank uslater.
4. Take Off Your Shoes
Think about all the dirt and grit the bottoms of your shoes collect throughout the day. Common scratches and scrapes on hardwood floors come from youunknowingly bringing that grit into the house. It can be especially bad in high-traffic areas. To prevent that, take your shoes off as soon as you get inthe door. You’ve had a hard day, you deserve to relax. Your floors do, too.
5. Keep It Clean
Create a cleaning schedule that works for you. It will help to cut down on dirt and particle buildup that can ultimately scratch the wood’s surface. Besure to use the Swiffer Sweep & Trap to pick up the larger particles so they won’tdamage your floors.
6. Dust Daily
It may be one of the easiest steps in the process, but dust mopping can reduce the dirt, dust, hair and pet dander that may be in your home. Try using our Swiffer Sweeper. It works well for eliminating dust by trapping it away so it doesn’t settleon your floors.
7. The Floor Mat Is Your Friend
Whether placed at the entrance to your place or in the kitchen by the sink, a floor mat is your best friend. They’re extremely versatile an d can do everything from keeping the bottom of your shoes dry on a rainy day to catching the small sticky spills that happen in thekitchen. It’s an extra layer of protection that helps keep your floors in great shape.