Having a clean and beautiful home is a goal for many homeowners. Hardwood floors are a popular choice for many, but they require special care to keep them looking their best. Knowing how to clean hardwood floors is essential for keeping your home looking first-class. The best way to reduce the amount of dirt and debris on your hardwood floors is to use rugs and mats in high-traffic areas.
Even with these precautions, you should still sweep daily, vacuum weekly, and scrub every week or two. If you have furry pets, you should vacuum all carpets and floors daily to capture dander, dust and dirt. Rooms that get a lot of traffic, such as entrances, living areas and kitchens, may need to be vacuumed more frequently; while formal bedrooms or dining rooms will have no problem with weekly cleaning. Many vacuums designed for use on hardwood floors have incredible suction, and can even be marketed for use on both carpets and bare floors, but keep in mind that a large suction is not as effective on carpets without some agitation.
The basic rule of thumb is that carpeted floors and carpets should be vacuumed at least twice a week and floors on hard surfaces such as tile, hardwood, laminate and vinyl should be vacuumed at least once a week. This will help keep your floors looking their best and reduce the amount of dirt and debris that accumulates over time.