1. Residue should always be removed using a zero wax wood floor cleaner.
It’s best to keep this handy so you can always use it fast when you need it. Dirt and spills should always be wiped immediately, after which you should always follow up with the cleaner to remove any remaining residue.
2. Floors should be vacuumed on a weekly basis.
Sure, you may already be doing this, but it’s important to do it regularly. The reason for that is because over time, the small and gritty dust particles will damage your floor’s finish. You can easily avoid this by vacuuming the floor regularly which in turn will improve the lifespan of your floor. When vacuuming, it’s important to consider using an attachment with a felt surface or a brush that runs along the floor.
Some people may choose to use attachments with a beater bar or a rotating brush, yet that may damage the finish. If you don’t want to use a vacuum though, you can use a microfiber sweeper or a simple mop. They’ll both do the job just fine.
3. Watch the use of furniture polish and hairspray.
You may be surprised to hear this, but both these products can actually damage your floor’s finish. Use a damp cloth in order to wipe them up and if you want to ensure your floor is thoroughly cleaned, use a window cleaner with zero ammonia content.
4. Use a very long walk-off doormat.
While it’s true that spot cleaning and vacuuming are great in order to keep your floor clean, it’s best that you keep dust and dirt out in the first place. To do that, you should get a 4′ to 6′ long walk off mat and place it at the front door. Not only is it cheap, but also highly effective in keeping your floors a lot cleaner.
5. Keep out the rain.
You cannot damage your hardwood floor’s finish with water, but you can actually stain it. Because of that, it’s best to put trays under potted plants and always close windows when you expect rain.
6. Be mindful when using restorers or waxes.
When using a wax polish , you can indeed refresh a wax finish, but you should never use it on finishes such as polyurethane, varnish or shellac. Doing so makes the floor very slippery and it can also interfere with subsequent finishes. Only use polishes that are recommended for the type of surface you want to clean/restore. Sometimes, you may also use a general purpose floor restorer, but always test it first on a small surface to ensure it won’t peel off.
7. Use area rugs in high-traffic zones.
No matter how well you maintain a specific area of your home, if a lot of people walk on it on a daily basis, then it’s eventually going to wear off. To prevent that from happening, you should use an area rug. However, check the rug so that it doesn’t come with a backing, since if it does, then it’ll easily trap humidity and therefore damage or stain the wood.