Vacuum or sweep at least once a week.
Dust mop in between weekly cleaning to help eliminate fine particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper.
Mix ½ cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water to clean exposed areas of the floor. Use a sponge mop that has a spring type wringer on it and get as much water out of the mop as possible.
Never wet-mop a wood floor - standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
Spills and tracked-in dirt should be cleaned immediately.
Use doormats and/or area rugs by door entrances to help prevent dirt, sand and grit from entering the house.
Wipe up food, beverage and other spills immediately.
Put plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
Keep the relative humidity in your home between 45% and 55% because excessive humidity can cause wood fiber to swell, creating cracks in the finish.
Do no walk on wood floors with spiked heeled or with sharp objects protruding from shoe - cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor surface.
Never wax urethane floors. A majority of floors installed today have urethane finishes.
Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to refinish the floor.
When moving heavy furniture, protect wood flooring by slipping a piece of cloth under the legs or covering each leg with a heavy sock or half of a milk carton.
For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink to catch water.
Use a carpet pad under area rugs to prevent sandpaper like damage under the rug.