But choose carefully because some engineered floors have top layers so thin that they can`t be sanded and refinished in the future. Higher-quality products feature a thicker layer where you`re getting as much usable wood as you would out of a solid board.
Leave stilettos and tap shoes at the door to avoid puncturing the wood. While you`re at it, consider enforcing a no-shoe policy for all types of footwear to keep things extra clean.
Add felt protectors to furniture legs to help pick up debris and protect floors from scratches, says Brett Miller, an expert from the National Wood Flooring Association. Replace them as needed, as they`ll wear down and become less effective over time. For furniture that slides around often: kitchen and dining chairs, for example, replace the protectors every month.
Whether you`re thinking about adding hardwood floors to your home or just need to take better care of the ones you have, now is the perfect time to put your wood floor knowledge to the test. Consider this your how-to manual on preserving hardwood floors.
A sun-kissed glow looks great on skin but not on wood floors. Inspect floors once a month — don`t forget to peep under rugs, too, and if there`s any discoloration, it`s time to consider a fresh topcoat.
As with any cleaning product, read the label before you buy to make sure it is suitable for the surface. A foolproof way to prevent damaging wood? Check out woodfloors.org, where a professional will help you choose the best product for floors that have different finishes.