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Dirt can dull this flooring's surface and make it difficult to reseal.

Try this:
Keep things grit-free by sweeping frequently. For regular cleanings, wrap a damp rag around a push broom and plow away grime. On tough messes, try a wood-safe cleanser, like Bona's ($8.49 for 36 ounces; bona.com). Apply a coat of polyurethane as soon as the floor shows wear.

Skip that:
Ditch silicone or acrylic-wax polishers and conditioners, which can leave a buildup that prevents polyurethane from adhering to the wood.
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