You love your wood floors to be clean and shiny all the time, but it takes work to make that happen. The last thing you want as a homeowner is for someone to notice that the floor is not well kept, because that reflects on your way of life. Moreover, it is not healthy to have it dusty. Following are a few pointers on keeping your wood floors clean and shiny most of the time.
Vacuum up any loose dust and debris, and for sensitive floors, keep the brush turned off. Then, vacuum all the rugs and carpets, and if they are shorter pile ones, turn the brush on. If you are vacuuming shag and jute, turn the brush off. Do the same for upholstery, and do not miss any corners or under the furniture. If you are only just going to get a budget-friendly vacuum, make sure it performs well on hard and soft surfaces.
When you have cleared all the crumbs and dust bunnies, used wood conditioner with a mop so that the floor gets a good shine. Mopping becomes all the easier if it has a hand trigger. Medium toned floors take well with a shaggier dusting pad, which draws in dust and cat hair really well. Also, your choice of cleaner is best if it is odorless and non-toxic, and leaves no residue. Take it in a spray bottle if you are going to dust the lower wood cabinets in the kitchen.
It also helps to have a handheld vacuum that can be used for quick cleanups as you move through cleanings. There is almost always going to be crumbs lying around in a family home, especially after meals. The upright is simply not as efficient, and if you have stairs, you are definitely going to need a handheld cleaner. Plus, it is a lot more convenient than the alternative, and somewhere down the line, you are probably going to switch to it anyway.
This is most of the stuff that makes up cleaning a wood floor. And then there is also the matter of keeping the dirt out, but that is a lot easier than some people would think. You can keep the whole place a lot cleaner by making people take off their shoes before entering, and not putting off doing the dishes. Some areas tack up dirt fast, so make sure the children do not spread it to every part of the house.