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Hardwood floors are not naturally slippery but can become slick after applying a coating of wax or polish, or especially if the floor’s surface is dirty. The best way to reduce the risk of slipping on your hardwood floor is to keep it clean and dry. Here are a few tips on how to do this:

  1. Combine one part vinegar and two parts water. Mop the floor with this solution to remove old wax residues and cleaning products that can make floors slick. Make sure you thoroughly wring out the mop before each pass on the floor to prevent excess liquid from pooling on the floor’s surface. If the floor remains wet to the touch after mopping, run a dry mop over it to absorb all excess liquid.
  2. Place area rugs with non-slip pads in areas that see the most traffic.
  3. Wipe up spills and clean up messes immediately! Keeping the floor clean and dry is key to stopping it from becoming slippery.
  4. Place doormats at each entrance to the house and encourage family members and guests to wipe their feet thoroughly whenever they enter. Even better, encourage family members to remove their footwear prior to entering the house.
  5. Apply a non-skid treatment to the floor if all else fails. Choose a product designed for wood floors. Make sure you test it on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure the product doesn’t alter the look of your flooring.

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