Hardwood floors are an investment many homeowners take pride in. The fresh natural look is appealing, but it won’t last long if dirt and grime are allowed to build up. Wood floor cleaning requires a daily and weekly schedule—and an occasional professional cleaning job can’t hurt.


Many types of wood are used for flooring, but the kind of sealing used is what determines the optimal cleaning method. Hardwood floors may be surface sealed with urethane or polyurethane or polyacrylic; they may also be treated with a penetrating seal or oil finish, or have a lacquer, varnish, or shellac coating. The best way to clean your floor depends on its sealing or finish.


Cleaning Surface Sealed Floors

Hardwood floor cleaning should be done only with a recommended product or with soap and water. Water can damage even sealed wood. Therefore, wring out a mop that’s been dipped in a bucket of cleaning solution, so it is just damp. You should always mop in the direction of the wood grain. Daily sweeping should clean high traffic areas, but a once or twice weekly mopping should be fine; less trafficked areas can be mopped every month or even seasonally.


Use baking soda on a damp sponge to clean scuff marks. If food, grease, and water stains mar the surface, a commercial hardwood floor cleaner should get these out without a problem.


Treated or Untreated Floors

Wax floors should never be mopped. You can sweep and vacuum the surface on a regular schedule. Common cleaning challenges include heel marks, which can be cleaned by applying a little wax to a pad made of extra-fine steel wool and rubbed out using a circular motion. For food stains, rub the surface with a damp cloth and add more wax. Always start from the outer edge of the stain, moving toward the center as it clears up. Only use liquid or paste wax for wood floors.


Precautions When Cleaning a Hardwood Floor

People often mix vinegar with water to create a home-made cleaning solution. Vinegar is a bad idea because it can dull the floor’s finish. Soap- and wax-based cleaners can leave a residue. Vacuum cleaners with beater bars should be avoided; they can damage the finish and underlying wood. Also, avoid steam cleaners, which add moisture to the floor, and heat, which can cause avoidable damage.


You really don’t need to go high tech. A simple mop and machine-washable, microfiber pad will clean dirt, allergens, and microparticles. These are attracted by the electrostatic effect of the pad, which is great if you want to know how to clean wood floors naturally.


Never Underestimate a Professional Floor Cleaning


If your wood floor is dirty, hasn’t had a thorough cleaning in a while, or you’re concerned about damaging it, call a professional. They first evaluate the finish type and sealant. Then, the proper techniques and treatments are used to restore hardwood floors, whether they’re dirty, scratched or discolored or need to be deep-cleaned, waxed, or polished.


Do your hardwood floors need professional wood floor cleaning? Get them looking fresh and lasting longer by scheduling a professional floor cleaning from Kiwi Services—call 888-961-4682 for a quote or appointment today!


8 Responses to The Best Ways to Clean Your Hardwood Floors

  1. Floor Cleaning Charlotte NC says:

    Wow, such great tips, thank you for sharing. I had never heard about using baking soda, I can’t wait to try that next time I mop my hardwood floors and share this with my customers too.

  2. Peter Flex says:

    Thanks for the incredible tips. Using of baking soda to clean the scuff mark is one of best method and I tested it. It Works

  3. Richard Bowen says:

    Amazing tips to clean hardwood floors in different types of floors like we should not rub the wax floors with the wet cloth which damages floors. I agree with you that for deep cleaning of hardwood floors only hires a professional as a resultant your floor looks attractive, impressive, long-lasting and new.

  4. Joshua A. Cooper says:

    I loved your precaution point. That made me more conscious of my hardwood floor cleaning. I have a question for you, If vinegar can take off the polyurethane if I use it more than a capful, then overtime wouldn’t it affect the polyurethane?. Any idea about my question?. Thanks!

  5. ram says:

    all the articles in your blog is really superb glad it was useful for my cleaning business

  6. Edward Tucker says:

    great ! we are happy to found your article informative

  7. Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to start from the outer edges and work your way in when you want to wax a hardwood floor. My wife and I have been thinking of getting a new hardwood floor for our kitchen, and we want to make sure that we put a finish on it to prevent spills from our kids from ruining it. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and use wax on our floors and apply it from the outside first!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am about to start refinishing my hardwood floors after years of abuse and I found this article very helpful. It is good to know what things I should do to avoid destroying my floors again. I am definitely going to stop using my steam cleaner that is for sure. Thank you for sharing. Jenny

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