Hardwood floors are elegant, cozy and durable, and add value to your home. Buying hardwood flooring is an investment that requires additional care since this type of flooring will easily get damaged if not taken care of properly. If you want to keep your floors in top-notch shape and have them looking as good as new for years to come, here are several tips you might find useful.

Sweep and vacuum regularly

Particles such as sand, gravel, and salt are abrasive, and the moment you step on them they turn into a sanding machine that grinds down the finish on your floor. Therefore, in order to avoid scratched hardwood flooring sweep them regularly or use a vacuum cleaner with a very soft bristle wand head.

Replace floor protectors on your furniture regularly

If you want your hardwood flooring to stay spotless, you need to place floor protectors on every piece of furniture in your home that moves. You can find them in any shape and color so they will easily blend in and not ruin the look of your beds, chairs, and tables. Keep in mind that you need to replace them when they wear down or just fall off.

Don’t clean your floors with a wet-mop

Although those long-stick squeeze mops are very practical since you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees to clean your floor, they are not a good choice for hardwood flooring. No matter how hard you squeeze you can never wring out the mop head thoroughly enough and unfortunately, even a small amount of water can eventually damage your floors. Therefore, use a spray cleaner for polyurethane or Monocoat floors and a dry push-mop.

Do not clean your floors with vinegar

Many people use just vinegar and water to clean their hardwood flooring. However, since vinegar is an acid it will actually break down the finish and your floors will end up looking dull. On the other hand, it will create problems when your floor needs recoating, so stick to cleaners designed for hardwood floors.

Use rugs

Rugs don’t just give your house that homey look, they keep your hardwood floors protected. Welcome mats at exterior doors will trap sand and grit you would otherwise bring into your house and rugs in high traffic areas will keep the floors scratch-free.

Carefully water your plants

If you spill any liquid while watering your plants make sure you immediately wipe it off and keep an eye out for overflowing saucers. Even if you own a waterproof plant container do not place it directly on the floor since it can attract condensation and eventually leave a water stain.