Small stones, mud, and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on the wood floors finish. To help combat this, use long bristle welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors. Also, vacuum using a soft bristle brush attachment.
There are many over the counter oil soap based that can damage or dull the finish of your hardwood floor. The best suggestion is to only use the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.
If you have a polyurethane finish on your hardwood floors you should never apply a wax. The wax may leave a sticky film on your floor which will attract and hold dirt. Always use the manufacturer’s recommended polishes and cleaners.
When accidents happen and some liquid gets spilled on your hardwood floor you should use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the effected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning procedures.
Water and wood floors don’t mix! Use only the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products on your hardwood floor.
Many times the hardwood floors are installed prior to a new home being completed. If possible, lay heavy cardboard sheets or heavy paper down over your floors while workers are still in the house.