Here’s how to keep your hardwood floors beautiful

These tips will help keep your hardwood and laminate floors beautiful for years:

• Use throw rugs near doorways to minimize tracked-in dirt, which can scratch the floor’s finish.

• Vacuum often with a soft brush attachment to reduce damaging dirt.

• Use felt pads under heavy furniture to protect floors from dents and gouges, and when moving heavy furniture, lift — don’t slide — the piece to avoid scratching the wood.

• Clean up any spills immediately to avoid damage from standing water or liquids.