Caring for Hardwood | Best Pick Reports

As with any other type of flooring, hardwood floors require thoughtful maintenance to keep them looking rich and lustrous. Homeowners should never use water to clean hardwood floors. It’s OK to use a damp cloth to wipe up spills, but regular cleaning should be done with a neutral-pH cleaner. For best results, consider using a product recommended by the floor’s manufacturer.

To reduce wear on your floors, strategically place mats and rugs to minimize the amount of dirt, sand, and other grit that gets tracked onto the floor, and vacuum regularly with a soft-bristle brush attachment. To prevent scratches and dents, use felt protectors or furniture coasters on furniture legs that rest directly on your floor. Finally, UV-ray exposure accelerates the aging process of wood floors, so avoid subjecting them to sunlight for long periods of time.