Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

Many homeowners make the switch from carpeted floors to hardwood floors for several important reasons. First, hardwood floors easily add beauty and elegant style to any of the rooms in your home. Second, hardwood floors add value to the price of your home. And perhaps most importantly for whoever handles the vacuuming, hardwood floors are much easier to clean. Hardwood flooring can last for many years and stand the test of time, whereas carpeting tends to absorb all of the stains from pets, children and other accidents.

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Perhaps you're wondering the best way to clean hardwood floors. People claim that hardwood floors are extremely easy to clean and maintain, so this page will present you with ways to keep those floors clean. Having all of the hardwood floors clean in your home will give it a beautiful, spacious appearance. The ways to clean hardwood floors won't differ much among the different types, but some of the different floor finishes might need extra care, if you are removing stains for example. Keep in mind that no floors are completely impervious to stains, so it is possible your hardwood floors will get them. However, these types of floors are less likely to have them than carpeted floors will.

Polyurethane surface finish is used on most hardwood floors today. In the past a waxed finish was used. You'll want to refer to the specific directions for how to care and clean your type of floor, although most newer hardwood floors these days will use the ideas presented here.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Almost all of the different hard floors will be cleaned quickest and best by using a damp mop on them. You may even want to use one of those Swiffer wetpack mop devices. Prior to doing that, you'll want to make sure to remove any dust or other debris from off the surface of the floor. Do this using a broom or even one of those lightweight vacuum cleaners that are available. You want to make sure there's no small pieces of debris, dirt or grit on the surface, because it can lead to scratching of the floor. From there, you'll use the damp mop on the floor, rinse as necessary, and repeat until you've gone over the entire floor. Hardwood floors with a varnish shine may best be cleaned by using a water and vinegar mixture. Some people also like to add some Pinesol so they will have that "clean smell" also.

Many homeowners may want to take the cleaning a step further by using a polish or wax on the hardwood flooring after they've cleaned it by mop. The important thing to note when using a polish or wax on the floor regularly, is that it can cause problems with adhesion if you ever go to recoat the floors.

Clean hardwood floors can make all the difference in a home.
Clean hardwood floors can make all the difference in a home.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Products sells many highly-rated hardwood floor cleaning products including specially made mops and vacuums for these floors. Bissel is a well-known name for creating these products.For example there's the Bissell Flip-It Select Hard Floor Vac, which sells for around $99, but will make cleaning your hardwood floors a breeze.  This particular product offers three modes of cleaning-dry vacuum, heated wet vacuum and drying to get your floors looking clean and shiny.  It's got a fingertrip control that allows you to release cleaning solution onto the floor with ease, and also a dry mode to pick up crumbs, dust and dirt.  The heated cleaning gives you the ability to clean those sticky or harder-to-clean areas on the floor.  A nifty all-in-one type device which does it all for your hardwood floors.  

Another top brand is Bona, which also makes a complete hardwood floor cleaning kit. The Bona Kemi Hardwood Floor cleaning kit includes a 24 ounce spray bottle cleaner, 1 Mop, pole and Microplus fiber mop cover so that you can do your cleaning. According to the company, the mop head will last up to 200 washes, and will reduce/control most household allergens. It's also environmentally safe and non-toxic.The Bona company also manufactures a Hardwood Floor refresher and cleaner from their "Bona X" series of products. For more information see the products listed below.

Stain Removal & Keeping Floors Clean

As for stains, as mentioned before no hardwood floor is completely invincible when it comes to them.  Although carpets are more likely to get stains, your wood floors may also develop them.  In these cases, use a fine steel wool to remove tough stains.  Also you can try using alcohol on any stains on a cleaned floor.  After you've removed the stain, do some polishing and buffing to finish the job.  If you find a stain is too stubborn, your final option may be to lightly sand the area of the floor down to remove it.

To keep your hardwood floors clean, you might consider making it a rule that people remove their shoes when entering the home.  This will prevent tracking of dirt and grime, scuff marks or other wear on the floor, making maintenance less of a chore.

Hardwood floors should be a simple cleaning job in your home, and if done about once a week, will keep your home looking beautiful, spacious and elegant inside for all visitors.

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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

Hardwood floors are a beautiful flooring type. They may require a bit extra care, but they are well worth it.


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LouLa Ball 6 years ago from Tennessee

Thank you for the great info on your hub. I love hardwood floors and would rather have them than carpet any day. I am always looking for a great way to clean them.

TipTop Flooring 6 years ago

Thank you for posting these advices. Nothing can compare with the great look of the hardwood. It is really "living material" that bring comfort and wonderful atmosphere to your home and the time you spend on cleaning it and maintaining is time spend for yourself.

thecanadianflooring 5 years ago

Solid Hardwood Floor Maintenance

With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier.

Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris.

You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.

Preventive Maintenance

There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.

Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.

Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.

Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.

Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.

Do not over-wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.

Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.

Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.

When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.

For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.

Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.

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