Hardwood Floor Care Tips | Best Pick Reports

As with any other type of flooring, hardwood floors require thoughtful maintenance to keep them looking rich and lustrous.

Don’t ever use water to clean your floors. It’s OK to use a damp cloth to wipe up spills, but regular cleaning should be done with a polyurethane-based cleaner. For best results, consider using a product recommended by the manufacturer.

Also, 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 wood’s aging process, so avoid subjecting it to direct sunlight for repeated, prolonged periods of time. Occasionally rearranging your furniture is one strategy to help combat this effect.