Maintaining your hardwood floors is a very simple process. When done properly it will provide you with years of beautiful floors. Vacuuming is the best way to remove dirt and dust from your floor; use a wand type vacuum for best results, or an upright with the beater bars turned off.
A dust mop will help keep the dust down on a daily basis.
Mopping is sometimes required, and a wide variety of commercial spray cleaners are available. Using a flat mop with a removable cloth that can be washed and reused makes cleaning very simple.
When using a regular mop, vinegar and water (1 cup vinegar / 1 gallon water) is still the most widely recommended cleaning solution. Be sure not to use excessive water on the floor.
Door mats and rugs placed in front of doors and high traffic areas will help remove dirt from shoes and prevent excessive wear spots, i.e. kitchen sink, refrigerator, etc.
A suggested long term maintence for your hardwood floors is a buff and coat.
By following these simple steps, your floors should provide years of lasting beauty!
Do not use polishes, waxes, "re-freshers" on your floors (unless recommended by the flooring manufacturer)
Do not use steamers or buffers
Do not use excessive amounts of water when cleaning