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How to clean hardwood floors?

Whether your floors are oak, maple, ash, or beech, cleaning wood floors is about as simple as it gets. 

These tips for cleaning wood floors will help ensure they withstand the abuse of daily family life and still look lustrous for years to come.

These cleaning tips for hardwood floors can help you establish a weekly and spot-cleaning routine that keeps your floors looking their best.

weekly cleaning of hardwood floors.

Cleaning wooden floors once a week with a broom, vacuum, or dust mop is all most floors require.

If your wooden floors get a lot of use, and if they don't have a urethane finish, damp mop weekly with a neutral-pH wood cleaning product. Wring the mop almost dry before mopping.

how to protect hardwood floors from scratches.

Here's how to protect hardwood floors from scratches and other damage:

  • Put welcome mats at doors to catch the dirt before you track it in. Or better yet, make the house a no shoe zone. High heel exert up to 8,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the floors. (Not to mention what they do to the female foot.)
  • Protect flooring in heavy traffic areas with area rugs.
  • Put gliders on chairs, and coasters or felt under all furniture that sits directly on hardwood floors. Otherwise, the furniture could scratch or dent the wood. Put rubber cups or an area rug under heavy furniture such as pianos.
  • Vacuum or sweep frequently. Use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum. Grinding in dirt and grime will ruin a finish fast.
  • Choose and use products wisely. Use only the products recommended by the manufacturer. Oil or wax based products or ammonia cleanser could damage the shine on urethane finished.
  • Avoid sunlight, which can change the color of the flooring. (Cherry gets darker, for example.) Close your blinds or curtains during the day when you're not using the room. Also, move furniture and area rugs around occasionally to avoid uneven coloration.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for hardwood floor cleaning products and supplies designed to keep your floors looking lustrous.

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