Hardwood floors are the foundation of your family, and they take quite a beating! We walk on them, little ones play, dirty feet track dirt onto them, and yet we still expect them to shine at the end of the day. When it’s time for cleaning hardwood floors, you will find that it’s much easier than you think. A damp mom with plain old water and the occasional non-aerosol spray is all you need to keep them shining!

Many people think that carpet or tile is easier to clean. That isn’t so. Hardwood doesn’t grow mold between grout, hold bacteria in its fibers, or trap dust particles in hidden places. This is why hardwood floors are ideal for individuals with allergies.

What Cleaners to Use

Most specialists agree that oil-based cleaners do more harm than good. They leave film on your floors and if you’re looking to buff and re-coat your floors later on. They can affect how the fresh finish sticks to the old finish. “More is better” is not a term to use when it comes to cleaners on your floor. It’s safe to say that a damp mop with plain old water is the best way to clean your floors.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

1. Clear the floor

Clear the floor area of any furniture that’s easy to move. Do not push or slide furniture, this is how most deep scratches form on hardwood floors. Furniture pads are great for moving furniture and prevent floors from getting damaged.

2. Pre-Clean

Dry mom or vacuum to get rid of all surface dirt and debris.

3. Mop

A damp mom with plain old water is the safest way to clean your floors. Be sure to ring out the mop before using it on the floor. Run the mop back and forth, going with the grain of the wood.


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