How should You clean Hardwood Floor

Many house owners love hardwood floors from their unmatched natural beauty complimenting their home’s warm decor. Their high-quality materials make them easy to clean, showcases durability and strength. Hardwood floors make the home a good air quality indoors, amazing acoustics as well as offer variety in designs. Cleaning the hardwood floors had to be something house owners have to learn, making sure they benefit from this investment.

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How to clean hardwood floors

You will need a spin mop or soft cloth based on your budget, floor type, or labor input to clean your hardwood floors. A damp mop or cloth is essential as water is an enemy to hardwood floors. “Water limitation when cleaning hardwood floors is the best way to protect them,” as advised by Protect Hardwood Flooring.

  • Firstly you should dust or sweep your floor clean. 
  • Secondly, you then mop or scrub the floor after damping your mop in warm water and soap mixture from your bucket and squeezing it damp dry. 
  • You then finish drying the floor with a dry mop or cloth.
  • Spills should be cleaned immediately with a damp cloth
  • For best results wipe clean in the same wood grain direction
  • Cleaning your floors daily by dusting or sweeping can help prevent a buildup of dirt that will require deep cleaning(sometimes can damage your hardwood floors).

The best cleaning tools for hardwood floors

Microfiber mop is the best mop to use to clean hardwood floor
Microfiber mop is the best mop to use to clean hardwood floor

“Investing in the right tools is important when it comes to hardwood floor maintenance.” said by William Cawley at Floorcritics. Wood floors vary from laminate, and solid wood, thus maintained differently. Having the right products and tools to clean these surfaces is excellent, as this will retain them.

For laminate floors:

  • You will need a vacuum cleaner, duster, or sweep for regular cleaning to prevent an accumulation of dirt and grim and prevent scratching.
  • Use a dry microfiber cloth to polish floors after you sweep or a laminated mop.
  • Use nail polish remover/acetone on a clean cloth to remove hard spots such as paint, oil, or lipstick.
  • To remove any residue, you can wipe the floor with a damp cloth. Do not use wet mops, steam cleaners, soapy water on laminate floors ( use a fabric that’s wet to blot out spills immediately as well). 

For Solid wood floors:

  • Dustpan and broom for soft regular sweeping will get the job done.
  • A soft roller head vacuum cleaner is good on solid wood as it is easy to maneuver and pick up.
  • Look for a fluffy swivel-head microfiber mop to use for damp mopping and dry mopping 
  • You can also use a seven-PH or lower-level cleaning solution for reliable wood floor cleaning.

How to remove stains on hardwood floors

Microfiber cloth lifts and holds dirt, grease, grime, liquids and bacteria from hardwood floor
Microfiber cloth lifts and holds dirt, grease, grime, liquids, and bacteria from hardwood floor

Stains can cause dismay in the household, which sees us seeking to remove them. To remove stains easily depends on how deep the stain is and the type of stain. “Sanding and refinishing is a necessity sometimes when deep cleaning to get rid of hard stains.” as noted by Danny Lipford.

  • Firstly you have to recognize what type of stain based on the color of the stain.
  • White stains are usually water stains or watermarks. To clean these kinds of stains, you either wait for a few days to see if they dry off, use water stain removal cleaners or dampen the cloth with hydrogen peroxide, place a hydrogen peroxide soaked rag on the stain. After 5-10 mins when the hydrogen peroxide has done some work, you will see your hardwood floors start to lighten up.
  • To get rid of deep stains you will need to refinish the hardwood floors after being sanded
  • You can also try rejuvenators; they clean hardwood surfaces by dissolving the finish at a high rate that will give the hardwood floors a consistently beautiful look. It helps saves your money by not having to refinish the hardwood floor completely.

Do’s and Don’ts when cleaning hardwood floors


  • Bring in outdoor shoes, heels or sports shoes with spikes into the house. Sand, stones, or anything spikey is not suitable for hardwood floors and can cause damage by scratching your hardwood surfaces. You want to reduce the amount of dirt going into the house.
  • Use too much water to clean your hardwood floors, it will damage your floors finish.
  • Clean with steel wool as it will scratch your abrasive and delicate hardwood floors no matter how tough the stain is.


  • Make sure you dust, sweep, and vacuum your floors regularly, especially the areas where there’s most traffic from your household, e.g., kitchens and living rooms. 
  • Use a microfiber mop or spin mop depending on your floor type and hardwood floor cleaner. You don’t need to mop the whole house every day as that could be tiresome, but you will need to clean the area with the most traffic in your home. 
  • make sure to have a mat outside your door and inside so people can wipe their feet. 

How to clean without water

Vacuuming the hardwood floor regularly can maintain the cleanliness
Vacuuming the hardwood floor regularly can maintain the cleanliness

Micheal Dittmer, a floor installer, admitted to Thissoldhouse that he cleans his floors using a robot vacuum cleaner regularly, “Then I clean the kitchen floor weekly and in other rooms twice a month.” Water can saturate laminate and hardwood floors as their material is liquid sensitive, especially underneath the grain. Water on hardwood floors can cause rotting, swelling, and warping. There needs to be limited use of water when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors.

  • Regular sweeping of the house is essential, especially using a soft-bristled broom when you notice the dirt clean out immediately. Sweeping needs should not be general; all the corners and edges need to be cleaned by sweeping towards the middle of the floor away from the baseboards and collect all the dirt with a dustpan.
  • Use a microfiber cloth on a dusting mop afterward, again covering all edges and corners. The microfiber cloth will attract all the debris to it and, once full, can be flipped over. 
  • With your dusting mop, you can also attach the wax paper to clean away all the dust.
  • Use a soft brush vacuum cleaner attached to it. Avoid constant beating and pressure to your floors as they can wear them out fast, losing their shine. 

You don’t have to tiptoe around cleaning your hardwood floors anymore. You can now love your hardwood floors, style your house to your hardwood floors, clean your hardwood floors, and maintain them as well. Dance away cleaning your hardwood floors by knowing what type of floor material you have and making sure you clean your hardwood floors right away. Sweep or dust away dirt daily on all floor types to ensure you have clean floors. Avoid using water by purchasing hardwood floor cleaners as their tested formulas suitable for hardwood floor cleaning. Use spin mops, laminated mops to wipe away dirt, and additionally finish off using a dry microfiber cloth to maintain that shine and ensure your floors are bare. 

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