A good mop is the first tool of choice in making your hardwood floors look new again. But before mopping, it’s important to sweep up every bit of dust, dirt, and other debris on the floor. Otherwise, you’ll just be getting it damp and spreading it around, leaving an even more smudgy looking floor that still has no luster. If you sweep, vacuum, or dust mop your floors every day, they’ll be ready to mop when you are. Many experts advise homeowners to take a lightly dampened mop and clean in the direction of the wood grain. A sopping wet mop isn’t recommended, as too much water can cause permanent damage to your floors. If manual mopping isn’t your cup of tea, many companies make power mops that also do a great job while cutting the amount of work you have to do. Many such electric mops allow the person doing the cleaning to manually spray cleaning liquid onto the floor while mopping so you administer just the right amount.