Watch the hairspray and the furniture polish
iStock/MarkPiovesan Both of them can cloud your floor’s finish. Wipe them up immediately with a damp cloth. For a more thorough cleanup, spray with non-ammonia window cleaner.
Keep out the rain
iStock/kkay Water doesn’t only ruin the finish on a hardwood floor but also can penetrate deep into the wood and stain it. Close windows when you’re expecting rain. Put trays under potted plants and, of course, immediately wipe up any water you see.
Remove residue with no-wax wood floor cleaner
iStock/Fonrimso Keep it in the hall closet or another convenient location so that you can get to it quickly to clean up small problems before they become big ones. Wipe up spills and dirt immediately; then use the cleaner to remove the residue. Dirt can damage the finish or get ground in. Liquids can damage the finish or stain the floor. It’s important to clean spills on wood floor quickly, but make sure you’re not over-cleaning these other areas of your house.