Your hardwood floors are one of your home’s most beautiful features but can be one of the most difficult surfaces to keep looking really clean and shiny. Here are some tips to help you ensure your hardwood floors always look great.

 * Keep hardwood floors dry – Water is very tough on hardwood floors. Always dry spills immediately and place rugs or mats in areas where water is likely. Put pads under rugs to prevent the rugs from scratching the hardwood floors.

 * Clean with a floor cleaner. Use a hardwood floor cleaner to remove dirt from your floors regularly. Vacuum floors before cleaning, since little dirt particles can scratch your hardwood floors. A soft cloth mop is great for mopping floors with your hardwood floor cleaner.

 * Use a shine product. Use a product designed for shining hardwood floors after cleaning. It may not be necessary to use a shine product every time you clean but use it as often as necessary to keep your floors looking great. Use a fluffy cloth mop to apply the shine product. Be certain to mop only in one direction to prevent streaking. Be careful that you don’t use too much of the shine product on the floor, and don’t allow it to build up. Otherwise, you’ll find your floors to be very slippery.

 * Use all natural products. You’ll use your hardwood floor cleaner frequently, so it’s important to choose one that is all natural and non-toxic. This ensures your family is safe while you’re keeping your home clean. There are many all-natural hardwood floor cleaners on the market; experiment until you find the one that works best for you.

Keeping hardwood floors clean does require some diligence, but if you clean and shine them regularly and use the right products, your hardwood floors can look stunning all the time.