Commit 5 minutes once a week, and you’ll keep your hardwood floors glowing for years to come.
It doesn’t take much effort to keep your hardwood floors looking terrific … but they do require routine care. Most hardwood floors have a tough, durable poryurethane finish, so the wood doesn’t take the beating–the finish does. The secret of long-lasting beauty is simply to protect the finish.
Even so, you don’t have to handle your hardwood floor with kid gloves.
Flooring experts tell us that floors are rarely ruined by everyday wear; instead, they’re done in by bad cleaning methods or neglect.
In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your floor without damaging it. Follow these four routine but simple care techniques and you may never have to face a messy, expensive sanding and refinishing job–ever.
1. SWEEP UP THE GRIT–5 MINUTES PER WEEK
Grit, especially sand, tracked in from outside gradually grinds into the floor and abrades the finish, just like sandpaper. Once you eliminate the grit, not much else will hurt it. Pets can be an exception. If they dash around, keep their toenails clipped.
The best grit remover is a vacuum with a floor brush attachment. If you use a vacuum with a revolving brush beater bar, make sure that the bar doesn’t bang into the floor and that the wheels don’t leave scuff marks.