One of the best features of my apartment is the hardwood floors. When I moved in I could not get over how beautiful they looked. The place I live in is a rental, so the great condition of the floors was somewhat of a shock to me. The entire apartment was nice, but quite often hardwood floors in rentals are not exactly great. When I saw how wonderful the floors were, I knew I had found the place for us to be while saving up to buy our own home. Along with all of the other features of this apartment, we knew we were getting a great price on a great place.
Hardwood floors have to be taken care of properly, or they will begin to look very ragged. Though they can take a lot of abuse, there are some things you have to watch out for. You should never wash hardwood floors with a mop, and for the most part, you should never use any kind of detergent while washing them. You may damp mop your floors, but you should only do it when necessary. When taken care of properly, you only have to do this once or twice a year.
The most common way to clean hardwood floors should be with a vacuum cleaner or a dust up. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is not leaving marks or scuffs on your floor. If anything wet is dropped or spilled onto your hardwood floors, make sure you wipe them up immediately and totally. Any type of excess moisture will cause the wood to warp, and sometimes this is not something that can be fixed. If you have children who are spilling things on your hardwood floors, you may want to put down area rugs where they play the most.
If you find that your hardwood floors have become sticky and seem to have some sort of substance on them, you will need to wet wash them. When you do this, use as much water as you need to get them clean, but wipe it up as soon as you can. Water should never be left sitting on hardwood floors any longer than absolutely necessary. If you need a detergent, contact someone who specializes in installing and caring for these types of floors. They should be able to recommend something that will not harm your floors, but will get the job done.