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Expert Wood Tips for Long-Lasting Hardwood Floors with the Minwax Hardwood Floor Care System

Ask anyone who knows real estate and they'll agree: hardwood floors add character, charm and value to any home.

But hardwood floors, whether they be a hundred years old or newly prefinished, take a great deal of abuse, from the grit lodged on the bottom of our shoes to pet paws and claws to over-watered houseplants, birthday parties and the rearranging of your furniture.

The most important thing we can do to care for our hardwood floors is simple:  keep them cleaner. As grit, dirt and dust accumulate, they turn throw rugs, slippers and shoes into sandpaper, wearing down the finish and exposing your hardwood floors to permanent damage from water, sunlight and spills.

Before people knew better, their solution to dirty hardwood floors was often a home-made concoction of hot, soapy water tainted with ammonia or harsh cleaners. They weren't cleaning their floors, they were slowly stripping them!  Today we know that water seeps into the joints between boards where, without a protective finish to repel it, the water can cause the pores to swell, the wood to rot and the floor to buckle. If that weren't bad enough, the detergents added to the water didn't just remove the dirt, they softened the finish, shortening its life and leaving behind soapy streaks or a dull residue.

The best and safest product I have found for cleaning my hardwood floors, not weakening, my floors is Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner. No buckets, no water, no mops, no mess. I simply squirt it onto a 4' by 4' area of the floor and, using the microfiber cleaning pad included in the Minwax® Hardwood Floor Care System package, mop the floor. The combination of the Hardwood Floor Cleaner and the microfiber cleaning head removes the dust, grit and grime—and the long handle means no sore back! The cleaner is ideal for laminate flooring, also!

Quick expert wood tips: if your floor is very dirty, first use a vacuum or dry mop to pickup the majority of the dirt. This will extend the life of your microfiber cleaning pad—which you can remove from the swivel head when you're finished and toss in the washing machine.

So, remember—a clean floor isn't just a floor that looks great. It's a floor with a strong finish that will protect your investment for years to come.