How To Clean Hardwood Floors?


All of us want to take care of our house. So, whether it’s the kitchen cabinet, bathtub or furniture, we try to keep them clean. But, what about the areas beneath our feet?

Cleaning wooden floors can be tricky, especially if you are new to such surfaces. So, how to clean hardwood floors? Here, we will discuss the answer so that you can easily maintain your house without any external help.

Make a Routine


See, every house is different, and so are the residents. So, the foot traffic differs in every living area. Still, we recommend that you clean the hardwood floors once a week. Plus, it better to take immediate care of spills. Otherwise, they will damage the surface.

The scenario changes if you have kids or pets because more traffic results in faster dirt and hair accumulation on the floors. So, you might have to clean the floors twice a week or even more depending upon the level of dirt. Plus, deep clean them after every 3 to 4 weeks.

Include Sweeping and Mopping


Here comes the best process to clean hardwood floors.

  • The first step is to sweep or vacuum clean the wooden floors. This step will remove all the loose dirt and dust particles.
  • Use a surface cleaner with a gallon of water and mop the surface. Do not apply the excess cleaning solution. Otherwise, it will damage the wooden floors. We suggest that you use a microfiber mop for better cleaning results.
  • If you want to clean and disinfect, then try a disinfectant. Some of the users might have suggested you use vinegar to clean the wood floors. However, it’s an acidic substance that can dull the floors after frequent and prolonged usage.
  • Try an organic cleaning solution instead of vinegar. Spray the liquid, wait for 2 to 3 minutes and mop it. Do not rinse the floor.

Remove Scratches and Stains


If there are scratches on the floors, then we suggest that you use wood blend sticks. It will not make things perfect, but you will notice drastic improvements. If you see scratches on the wooden finish, it’s better to apply a new coating overall.

Take out all the items from the wooden surface and clean them. Apply a floor restoring liquid. Follow the given instructions to avoid any mistakes. You can remove the unwanted scratches and keep the wooden floors maintain by following these steps.

You can get rid of all the stains by using a surface cleaner. Apply the cleaning solution with the help of a cloth or sponge. Scrub the stain using a toothbrush or sponge and rinse the spot at last. Steel wool is also helpful to remove dark marks and pet stains.

If the stain has damaged the finish, then the recovery process involves sanding and refinishing the floors. You can also apply wax and polish to minimize scratches. Choose something that’s specially made for hard wooden floors. Follow the given steps to clean the spot and polish it. If you are a beginner, then it’s better to consult woodworking professional.

How to Mop the Floors?


How to Mop the Floors

You can use a wooden floor mop and cleaning product as per its instructions. Dip a mop or sponge in the cleaning solution and wire to remove all the excess water. The mop should be damp, not wet.

Wipe out any standing water because it can damage the floor. Switch on the ceiling fan or air conditioner to speed up the drying process, especially if the weather is humid.

How to Choose The Wood Floor Cleaner?


Are you unsure about the cleaner you should use on the wooden floors?

It’s better to talk to the floor makers to get a recommendation. If you cannot contact the manufacturers, it’s better to choose a cleaning product specifically made or wooden floors. Please stay away from tile or vinyl cleaners because they can damage the wooden floor.

We suggest using an organic cleaner, especially if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals inside the house. Natural products are safe to use for all your family members, including the kids and pets.

Points to Remember


  • Do not ignore spills and wet materials, not even an ice cube. If you notice even a slight fall, clean it immediately.
  • Never use an incompatible cleaning product. The results will be terrible.
  • Moisture will damage the wooden floors. So, do not flood them.
  • No steam cleaners for hardwood floors

Final Talk


We hope now you clear idea about how to clean hardwood floors. Read the usage guidelines and instructions before applying any of the cleaning products on the surface.

We suggest that you run a patch test to check the compatibility. Do not use homemade cleaning solutions containing lemon or vinegar because both are acidic, which can harm the wood floors.

About Mosabbir

As the Executive Director of Smart Housekeeping's Home Care and Cleaning department, Mosabbir brings over 12 years of experience as a consumer products expert to the table. He utilises his advanced analytical skills and writing expertise in appliances, cleaning, and housekeeping products to provide valuable cleaning and home care advice for SH. Mosabbir also holds a Masters degree in business management, which enables him to oversee the department efficiently while producing insightful content for the company.

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