How To Clean Hardwood Floors – Must Know Tricks
Floors take on a lot, including daily traffic and inevitable spills, scuffs, or mishaps.
Floors take on a lot, including daily traffic and inevitable spills, scuffs, or mishaps. The best way to clean hardwood floors starts with smart preventive measures, which not only help protect floors but also cut down on the time you spend cleaning.
Follow our easy steps to transform your floors from dull and grimy to gleaming, gorgeous and clean!
How To Clean Wood Floors During Your Regular Cleaning
In high-traffic areas, like the dining room and kitchen, sweep or vacuum daily if possible and mop hardwood floors once or twice a week.
Giving your floors a good dusting with a microfiber or cloth will be your best daily defense against scratched and surface damages.
When considering how to clean hardwood floors, don’t overlook vacuuming. For weekly or biweekly cleaning, vacuum with a floor-brush attachment. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment, which can scratch a wood floor’s finish.
How To Mop Wood Floors
The best way to clean hardwood floors starts with preventive measures and routine cleaning, but sometimes a deeper clean is in order. Dirt, oil, and grime build up over time and aren’t completely removed by a weekly dusting.
Remember: Water is wood’s worst enemy (even on sealed floors!), so use a damp mop rather than a soaking wet one.
You don’t want to let any water sit as you’re cleaning your hardwood floors, so be sure to work in one small area at a time.
If you don’t want to be on your hands and knees with a soft cloth, a spin mop will get your mop dry enough to work your floors.
To clean, simply mix a quarter cup of mild or pH-neutral soap with water in the mop bucket. Then grab the microfiber mop that makes quick work of the chore. It’s easy to wring out, making it ideal for hardwood floors that work best with a barely damp (not soaking) mop.
Moreover, this will help your floor dry faster, so you won’t have to wait as long to get back into the kitchen or living room. Clean high-traffic areas like the kitchen once a week; for less-trafficked areas, mop once a month.
Do’s and Don'ts
- Use a floor-cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher or opt for plain soap and water. Try 1/4 cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (like liquid dishwashing soap) or Murphy Oil Soap to a bucket of water.
- Don’t use oils, waxes or furniture sprays. Oil leaves a residue, furniture spray creates a slippery surface and wax takes time to apply and makes recoating difficult.
- Don’t rely on lemon juice or a vinegar-and-water solution to clean hardwood floors, at least not in large quantities, as these are known to damage the floor’s seal.
Hoover Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner
O-Cedar Microfiber Spin Mop
Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Murphy Oil Soap
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