Home Town's Erin And Ben Napier Explain The Best Techniques For Maintaining Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is a popular flooring material among homeowners due to its durability and beautiful appearance, per Home Flooring Pros. This flooring material can be used in any room of the house and can handle areas with heavy foot traffic. However, if you want them to last a long time, you'll have to make sure you're cleaning them properly. If you use the wrong cleaning materials or solutions, you can end up with scratches, cracks, and you can even wear down the topcoat, which in turn diminishes its beauty, according to Amazon Hardwood Center Inc.

Luckily, co-hosts of HGTV's "Home Town," Erin and Ben Napier, have offered some helpful tips to properly maintain your hardwood floors, as reported by House Beautiful. This couple loves hardwood floors as much as we do and have tried installing them in almost all of their home renovations. Based on their extensive experience with this natural material, they are now sharing what they believe will maintain their vibrant appearance.

A simple cleaning tool

As part of a paid promotion, Erin and Ben Napier have shared their thoughts on using Swiffer products on hardwood floors (via House Beautiful). However, not all hardwood floors are compatible with Swiffer products. "If they're finished with a wax or oil, then these materials will not work for you," Ben Napier noted. But he also says most homes no longer have this type of finish on their hardwood floors, so Swiffer products are safe to use.

Of all the Swiffer products, the couple commonly uses the Swiffer WetJet Wood on their hardwood floors at home. This product comes with a microfiber cloth, which is meant to be soft against this natural flooring material (via Bed Bath & Beyond). They also like the dual head sprayer, which allows for the cleaning solution to evenly cover the floor as you wipe away any dust or grime. The mop tool they also mention is labeled as safe for all flooring, which is convenient for homeowners who have not only wood floors, but other types of materials installed as well (via Bed Bath & Beyond).