Protect your wood floors in five easy steps.
1. Invest in a vacuum designed specifically for wood floors and shake out your doormats weekly to keep dirt and gravel to a minimum.
2. Wood floors often fade or darken over time. To minimize color variation, move your area rugs around — and even your furniture — once each season.
3. A humid household can result in cracks as your floors expand and contract. Here’s a test: If the crack is no wider than the face of a dime, it will probably close up. Anything bigger may need repair. 4. Some folks like the “worn in” look. If you’re not one of them, research tough finishes for your wood floors.
5. Place rugs in high traffic zones, such as foyers and the area in front of the couch.