How to clean and protect your hardwood floors

Running a dust mop over your hardwood floor every day is one of the best ways to protect it from damage.

Hardwood floors are one of the most timeless kitchen design trends out there. They're durable, stain-resistant and glossy. They're both neutral and warm, making them the perfect backdrop to any paint color or backsplash style you could possibly pick out. That being said, they are quite the investment – and if you're anything like us,  you probably want to make sure you take good care of them. Here's how to do it:

Dust first

Dusting daily will keep destructive scratching at bay and remove all sorts of allergens from your floor in the meantime. You can do this several ways, but it's easiest to employ a dust mop for the chore.

Use a damp mop, not a wet one

Water can easily seep into the cracks between the slats of your floor, warping the wood over time. To avoid ruining your floors (but still keep them squeaky clean), wring out your mop as much as you can before you start wiping them down. If your floors haven't been waxed, don't mop them at all – simply spot treat spills as you go.

Cover up susceptible areas

In areas of your kitchen that are particularly prone to scratching, such as areas with high traffic or the small spots right underneath kitchen table legs, it's a good idea to use a little protection.  A rug can cover areas that are frequently stomped all over, while furniture disks will create a buffer for your hardwood floor.