Vinegar and water are not good for your hardwood floors.
Since vinegar is an acid, it will actually break down the finish on the surface of your floor, and over time will reduce the shine and leave a dull appearance. In addition, most times when this home remedy is used, so is a mop and bucket, which leads to an excessive amount of water on the floor.
Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.
Protective mats can further your floor’s life. Select natural rubber rug underlayments with a waffle pattern in entryways or high traffic areas, and use felt floor protectors on furniture.