Simple Steps to Clean Hardwood Floors

30 Minutes
I absolutely love hardwood floors, especially clean hardwood floors. It's amazing how much they add to a home. Hardwood floors compliment any home decor design and are the easiest to clean--especially when we're talking spills and dirt. Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad.
Hardwood floors show dust the easiest and if you have a cat a dog, you better leave your vacuum within reach at all time--unless you have a non-shedding animal, of course. Luckily, these quick cleaning and deeper cleaning tips are simple enough to get the job done in no time!
Quick Cleaning:

1. Vacuum or sweep. Be careful not to use a beater bar attachment on your vacuum as it can scratch your floors.

2. Follow with a light mop such as with the Swiffer Wet Jet and their hardwood floor solution--my personal go-to!
Deeper Cleaning:

1. Vacuum or sweep as normal.

2. Follow with a thorough mopping using a combination of Murphy's Oil Soap and water (see instructions on your Murphy's bottle).

3. Allow to dry 95% of the way. Use a microfiber cloth to dry and dust the floor, removing any leftover residue.
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  • Becky Becky on Jun 30, 2018

    I clean homes for a living and run into many hardwood floors. I have my hubby vacuum the floor first using a commercial vacuum that does NOT have a beater bar. Then he goes over the floor using Bohner (am not sure of the spelling) with his wide mop and I come behind using a white terrycloth cleaning rag that is wrung out well and go to it on my knees wiping every inch, changing out the terrycloth rag at specific site areas. When I am done, it is so clean, you could eat off those floors! I will keep going over them until I see NOTHING on my cleaning cloths! Because of obvious reasons, I only clean residentials.

  • David Ernest David Ernest on Feb 05, 2020

    If you want to Keep your hardwood floors in shape then you have to follow these steps properly.

    1. Sweep, dust or dry mop daily.
    2. Vacuum weekly.
    3. Clean heavy-traffic areas with a damp mop twice a month.
    4. Clean with recommended hardwood floor cleaner once a month.
    5. Apply a fresh coat of finish every three to five years.
    6. Sand and refinish every 10 years.