How to clean hardwood floors without streaks?


Streaky floors are the bane of my existence. How do I prevent this from happening to my hardwood floor?

  22 answers
  • Txlakegirl22 Txlakegirl22 on Sep 11, 2017
    I use a weak solution of Pinesol and water (about a half cup of Pinesol in a bucket of water). Wring your moo really well. I never get streaks and my floors look great. I have been using for years.

  • Sto9987562 Sto9987562 on Oct 10, 2017
    the absolute best way is to use a mop made by Norwex. Water only! It leaves no streaks, no hazy film when dry. And it’s such a minimal amount of water that it drys super quick! In the past I used Murphy’s oil soap and on my hands and knees washed and dried. It made the flloors so slippery that it was boarderline dangerous. So no more chemicals for me!
    the Norwex products are only available thru sales reps, not in stores, but they are easy to find. Look into them and other products they carry you will not be disappointed

  • BELLA BELLA on Apr 21, 2018
    I've had this happen recently too. I used Murphy's Oil Soap and put it on a Swiffer mop head on a damp cloth, scrubbed it good, then dried it well so it didn't streak. Works really good. I don't know about your floors, but we were getting prints on ours because it was raining out and hubby didn't take his shoes off before he came in. The dogs left wet prints on it too. Not a pretty sight! Good luck!

  • Pam Pam on Apr 28, 2012
    Then I found this recipe which mixes equal parts water, vinegar, and isopropyl alcohol, with a few drops of dish soap. Ahh, Eureka! The alcohol helps create that streak-free shine because it evaporates so quickly, and the dish soap gives it some extra grime-fighting oomph! After testing out a small area, I was in love. I proceeded to clean the ENTIRE house in one go – yep, that's how happy I was. I was so proud of my gleaming laminate floors, I literally couldn't stop smiling :) Even the hubby noticed how clean and shiny they were, and he never notices anything – so I took that as a huge compliment!

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 11, 2017
    Vinegar is an acid and hardwood floors need a pH neutral or close to it cleaner. When mixed with water, the solution’s acidity is drastically lowered and it becomes an effective method to wash hardwood floors. The vinegar and water mixture cuts through dirt and grime, leaving a streak-free and naturally clean floor.

  • Janice H Janice H on May 21, 2012
    being an amway distributor I love LOC 1 capful into a gallon of water does the trick.does not streak the floors.I love my wood floors

  • Kristina Cox Kristina Cox on Sep 03, 2018

    Equal parts water, vinegar, alcohol

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 19, 2021

    I found I was using too much water and that made the floor dry unevenly and leave streaks. Keep in mind that if your wooden floor has been waxed, using additional wax products on it will produce streaking.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Oct 19, 2021

    I like bona

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 19, 2021

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

    1/4 tsp blue dawn

    1 gallon warm water

    Mix and wring mop thoroughly. I've been using on my hardwood floors for over 20 years. No streaks and perfect shine.

    However, if you have build up of old product, especially wax, you may have to mop multiple times to remove. My mother used mop & glo for years and it took me forever to get hers cleaned.

    You can only use this if your floors are sealed.

  • William William on Oct 19, 2021

    I use Bona For Hardwood floors

  • Murphy's Oil Soap and a microfiber mop.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 19, 2021

    Murphy's Oil Soap works well with microfiber cloth on a Swiffer type mop head. I too found I was using way too much water when trying to have a streak free shine.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 19, 2021

    The past few years we have been using the BONA mop and solution and we’re very pleased with the results.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 19, 2021

    Hi Abby: Check these sites:

    Check the circles and the white strip at the top where it says 'wood floors 101' and 'Floor Tips and Tricks'

    This site has loads of ideas. You have to read what the rectangles say, don't know why, they usually have pictures. :( Just left click on the one you want to see and information will come up for you. There is an X in the upper right hand corner. Click on that and you will go back to the original site. Also check the ovals at the top of the site.

    Good luck

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 20, 2021

    I have found Method cleaner to be a quality product.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 20, 2021

    I have 2 methods. I made spray bottle of white vinegar, a few drops of dawn and water. I spray on my floor and use a microfiber on a swiffer mop. Other than that Zep and Bona are my go to cleaners. I always use microfiber and either go back and dry with a separate cloth or turn on the ceiling fans. Make sure you mop in the same direction of the planks.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 20, 2021

    A professional wood floor installer told me to use 1 part windex to 3 parts water the water cleans the windex cleans and dries it fast because water is no good for wood floors. Dries streak free

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 23, 2021

    Hi, I use Wet Wipes. when dry (not long) you can go over with a dry cloth if required!

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 23, 2021

    Use a microfiber mop and just water!!! I have one from ecloth and LOVE it!

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 24, 2021

    I get the jumbo sized swiffer like cleaner with the removable pads for all my clients with hardwoods.... I get these as cheap as $15 at grocery outlet when in stock, or the pricey Bona wood floor cleaner kits, or medium priced at home stores..... just throw the pads in the washer.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 24, 2021

    One part windex (1 cup ) to 3 parts water mix up and wash with that it will clean nice streak free and d Ray fSt this was given to my by a professional wood floor installation guy.