HOW TO CLEAN HARDWOOD FLOORING.
Vacuum, dust, sweep, or dry mop hardwood floors to remove dirt, dust, pet hair, etc. If vacuuming, use a soft bristled floor attachment. This should be done daily or as often as needed.
- Do NOT use steam cleaners, as they use heat and small amounts of water that can lead to cupping and long term damage.
- Do NOT use vinegar, ammonia, or abrasive cleaners, as they can dull the finish over time.
- Water and wood do NOT mix!!
- Microfiber mops and electrostatic mops work the best when cleaning. You can toss them in the washer and dryer and re-use them for a very long time. Do NOT use fabric softener when washing, as it will clog the open spaces in the microfiber that clean the floors.
- Once the floors are vacuumed or swept, use a hardwood floor cleaner that can be squirted or sprayed on the floor using a microfiber mop.
There are many different kinds of hardwood flooring cleaning products:
- Minwax Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- Pledge Floor Care Squirt and Mop
- Libman Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- Murphy’s Squirt and Mop Wood Cleaner
There are many Eco-Friendly cleaners as well:
- Attitude Floor Surfaces Tile and Wood Cleaner
- Better Life Simply Floored! Floor Cleaner
- BioKleen Bac-Out Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner
- Earth Friendly Products Floor Cleaner
- Method Squirt and Mop Wood Floor Cleaner
- Naturally It’s Clean! Floors
- Simple Green Naturals Floor Care
You can also sand and refinish hardwood floors approximately 3-4 times to look brand new and hide imperfections.
Personally, I use the Dyson V8 vacuum daily. For cleaning, I either use the Shark Spray and Mop with Shark Hardwood Floor Cleanser or a microfiber mop with a spray cleaner. I also use Holloway House Quick Shine Floor Finish for an extra shine that makes the floors look like they were just refinished.