Clean wood floors are not hard to obtain, especially if you stay ahead of the game. Put down door mats, leave dirty boots and shoes at the door, sweep, dry-mop, or vacuum often, and when the floor looks dull, get into all the nooks and corners with a damp mop and a neutral solution.
Wood Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Steps
In most households, wood floors should be cleaned at least four to six times a year.
4 Methods To Clean and Maintain Your Floors
- Choose a soft-bristled sweeping brush. Take preemptive action to get into corners and wide enough to swiftly do the job—moving with the grain, of course.
- Vacuum with the soft floor brittle attachment. Most vacuums have the option to open the soft bristles on the floor cleaning attachment. These soft bristles surround the outer part of the floor cleaning attachment on your hoover, thus saving your woof floors from unnecessary damage such as scratching.
- Attack sticky debris ASAP with a damp clean cloth, a mini squirt of wood floor cleaner, and a vigorous rub. Lift off dust and pet hair with a microfiber mop head, ideally treated with a positive electric charge so it can capture negative-ion ephemera. Keep the mop head moving, again with the grain.
- Use a damp-mop with a flat-head mop and microfiber pad or a microfiber string mop that has been thoroughly wrung out when it looks dingy. Move with the grain, and control the amount of cleaning solution by using a spray bottle, aiming for a heavy mist or gentle squirt of about a half teaspoon. No need to rinse. We recommend the Bona Wood Floor Care Kit
5 Ways to Avoid Major Damage
- Don’t ignoring wet or sticky spills. They won’t go away on their own. Did an ice cube just shoot under the table? Don’t let it melt, pick it up straight away! Don’t leave water spills, always wipe up. Water will damage the finish on your floors and depending on the size of the spill, it could lead to the wood warping or expanding.
- Don’t bring on the heavy equipment. You can damage the finish by attacking with a sweeping brush meant for outside use or a floor-cleaning machine designed for tougher flooring.
- Avoid applying the wrong cleaning product. We always recommend Bona Wood Floor Cleaning Kit. Bona Wood Floor Cleaner is specifically designed to remove dust, dirt and grime safely from wood floors. Ready-to-use formula dries quickly and doesn’t leave a residue behind.
- Be aware of flooding the zone. Standing water and overly wet mops shoot moisture between boards and through tiny tears in the finish that form when wood shrinks and expands with the weather. Over time, moisture can damage the wood.
- No steam cleaning. Never on wood. Save it for tile, linoleum, and vinyl.
What To Use To Clean Hardwood Floors
For a neutral solution, you want a pH level of about 7, or matched to cured poly; higher is too alkaline, and lower is okay for an all-purpose cleaner, but not here.
Is it Safe to Use Vinegar to Clean Hardwood Floors?
Don’t use vinegar or baking soda solutions. Old-fashioned remedies involving vinegar or washing liquid can’t do the same job as today’s multi-functioning solutions and can actually damage or dull polyurethane..
Other no-no’s: strong vinegar or baking soda solutions that can degrade polyurethane, and “glow” enhancers that sound as if they would work on your hair.
Wood Floor Cleaners and Tools
- Soft Sweeping Brush and Dustpan
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Microfiber Mop