I am looking for tips for cleaning hardwood floors.
Tom from Whitewater
I use an upright steamer similar to the Shark, but bigger. (03/03/2009)
I'd use Murphy's Oil soap and clean them on my hands and knees with a damp rag. Don't get the wood too wet. Keep your rag on the dry side.
I have old fashioned hardwood floors that I keep clean by swiping a Swiffer over the floors about once a week. If there is a lot of grit, I use the vacuum cleaner. But a wet wipe from Dollar Tree on the Swiffer is the best cleaning utensil I have found.
Good luck. (03/04/2009)
By Carol in PA
The best tip I have is more for not leaving streaks and that is to wash the floor in the direction of the wood. Don't wash across the pieces of wood, run your mop lengthwise along the wood. (03/04/2009)
I've been told by flooring people to not use water on wood, as it eventually dries out the wood. We vacuum, but realistically you have to use a little water at times. Just use a dry cloth to wipe it up soon after applying it. (05/28/2009)
I know the frustration of trying to find the right cleaner for your wood floors. I found that my floor manufacturer recommended "Bruce hardwood and laminate floor cleaner". No rinsing, no residue. Use a microfiber mop. It smells really clean and leaves your floor beautiful. You won't be disappointed. You can buy it at any floor or home improvement store. (06/26/2009)
My installer recommended using Windex to clean my dark cherry hardwood floors. It works great. When I have tried cleaners designed for hardwood floors, I usually end up with cloudy residue. He also said to wet them as little as possible. (09/06/2009)
Found that the streaky, white film on our hardwood floors was the buildup of cleaning products we previously used on our floors (Orange Hardwood Floor, Murphy's cleaner, etc.)
After an afternoon of my husband and I on our hands and knees scrubbing our floors, they are now back to the original finish. We used 1/2 cup of ammonia in 1 gallon of warm water (pretest) and scrubbing with a microfiber cloth could actually see the residue coming off. Although it does not come off easily.
Now I will use nothing, but my shark steamer or Windex. (11/22/2009)
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