Tips for Keeping Your Hardwood Floors Clean

If you have hardwood flooring throughout your home, chances are you have a love/hate relationship with them. On one hand, you love the beautiful, elegant, and timeless look hardwood floors give off. On the other hand, they can be a bit of a pain in the ass to keep clean!

We talked with Jamie Chan, owner and operator of top5vacuums.com, and how to best keep those hardwood floors nice and new-looking.

“The first thing you need is the right kind of vacuum,” Jamie tells us. “You many think any old type of vacuum cleaner will do on hardwood floors, but that certainly isn’t the case.”

So what should you be looking for instead? “It all comes down to the brush roll,” Jamie says. “A brush roll is great at picking up dirt and debris, but it’s a roller so it can cause damage to the wood. Make sure your vacuum either doesn’t have a brush roll at all, or if it does have one, make sure it’s adjustable so you can simply turn it off.”

Jamie also recommends a couple of quick, easy tips to treat your floors: make sure to use a simple soap and water solution, instead of chemical cleaning solutions, when you’re washing your floors. The chemicals from the cleaning solutions can cause damage to the wood.

Also, it sounds obvious, but when you have people into your home, politely ask them to leave their shoes near the front door, as any dirt or debris on the bottom of their shoes can end up causing the wood floors to be scratched.

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