Caring for your hardwood floor is really no secret. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Use a dry mop or microfiber mop to sweep the floor. Keep a mop dedicated for this job stashed away in the pantry or laundry room for daily sweeping. When using a dry mop, sweep in an S pattern and walk backward. This will eliminate retracing your steps. 
  2. If you choose to vacuum, use a floor attachment designed for hardwood flooring. 
  3. Heavy duty cleaning or light cleaning? A damp microfiber mop will handle most light weight jobs. Do this as needed.  A steamer is ideal for high traffic areas and deep cleanings. Put it on your weekly or monthly schedule.
  4. Pay special attention to the entrance of your home. Dirt, mud, rain, pets…they all come in from outside. The kitchen floor, especially around the sink, will also see a tremendous amount of traffic. 
  5. In front of your refrigerator and other kitchen appliances will also see some heavy foot traffic. There will be spills from the water/ice machines. Pulling food and drink from the refrigerator can also fall onto the floor. Consider investing in an attractive, heavy duty floor mat that will protect this area. 
  6. As for the lightly traveled areas of your hardwood floor, a quick dry mop should do it. You may want to damp mop from time to time. 
  7. Use cleaning products that are specifically designated for hardwood flooring. Sometimes, hot water is really all you need. If you do choose to use a floor cleaner, follow the directions on the bottle precisely.