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Some hardwood floors can easily get water damaged and the finishes can be stripped by harsh cleaners. It is important to know how to clean your hardwood floors to insure that they will continue to look beautiful for years to come. This is a guide about cleaning hardwood floors.

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September 25, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about cleaning and preventing streaks on hardwood floors. Many cleaners and methods of cleaning can leave streaks on your hardwood floors.

Wooden floor being mopped

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June 25, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about cleaning dog prints from hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are beautiful and durable, but they can often show a lot of spots and prints, such as pet footprints.

Guilty Basset Hound with muddy feet and a trail of muddy paw prints

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June 20, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about cleaning haze on hardwood floors. Some wood floor cleaning products can leave an unsightly haze on your floors.

Hand wiping white residue off wooden floor

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March 25, 2005 Flag
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Try using tea to clean your wood floors. It works.

By pittypatty

Editor's Note: We are assuming this is non sweetened brewed black tea. Has anyone else tried this?

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June 14, 20090 found this helpful

I use this regularly, and it works very well. I clean the floors normally first with a mop, hot water, and a little vinegar. Then, I boil loose black tea in a kettle for about 5 minutes. Finally, I hand wash them with the tea and a soft rag. The floors are...

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November 21, 2013 Flag
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I watch garage sales and the Goodwill (last chance store) for really cheap flannel king size sheets. I cut them into Swiffer squares. When I use them, I spray with Endust first. I "never" throw them in the washer -- yuck, so I toss them out after using.

Endust is the "only" spray furniture polish you should ever use on a floor. Any other furniture polish is slick as ice! I mean it! Very dangerous. Not so with Endust. You can use it on a floor very safely.

I really like my Swiffer mop. Easy, fast, Bam!

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April 29, 2015 Flag
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I worked for a cleaning company and we always had those floors. We used a flat mop by O-Cedar and just water. Go over it with a wet one (not soaked), then a dry one in small sections. The best way though is unfortunately on your hands and knees. Same wet then dry, but it looks amazing when you're done.

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December 8, 2011 Flag
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My house has unsealed wooden floors that were sanded and oiled around 15 years ago. They need a spruce up. Does anyone know of a surface application of something that won't damage the timber or does it look like another sand and oil?

By Rebecca B.

November 30, 20130 found this helpful

I am surprised you haven't slipped and fallen on some of your slippery choices.

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September 14, 20160 found this helpful

Unfortunately the timber floor will need to be sanded back and recoated with oil. Oil products dry out over time therefor you will need to have the oil applied to the floor every twelve month. The choice to have an oil product to give it a natural look comes...

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June 8, 2004 Flag
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If you have hardwood floors and dogs, it is difficult to contain all the dust and dog hair, so what I do is take a dust sweeper (less than $3.00 vs. the disposable brand names) and open a window and have a fan blowing out. Then when I get a decent amount of dust/dog hair, I stick it out the window and shake. This prevents dust from being pushed around. It takes a steady hand but you can guarantee the dust is out of your home!

Shannon

 
July 24, 20110 found this helpful

Went Chinese shop here,found broom, handle 25''-18" <sweeper part took home shook out loose straw in in went across floors you be amazed at dust i & dirt picks up after used floor duster first. They may sell in other places. Got dust bunnies...

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September 15, 2010 Flag
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Regarding someone's question on 8/22 on cleaning polyurethaned hardwood floors. I'm also looking for cleaning info. I have already found out not to use Murphy's Oil Soap (or any products with oil), water, soaps, sprays (like Liquid Gold), and vinegar. Bona appears to be a leading cleaner, but has a wide range of satisfaction reviews.

Has anyone tried a mild solution of Windex and water? When I had the floors sanded (about 20 years ago), I vaguely remember the contractor mentioning Windex. Thanks for your response.

By Miss Diezella from Washington, DC

June 1, 20160 found this helpful

Bona has just smeared my floors worse than ever. I had them refinished to a satin finish so the smearing wouldn't be as obvious and it didn't help. I have tried a few drops of Dawn (not for sensitive hands type) in hot water and a microfiber pad and the floors still look smeared. I've tried Windex, I've tried vinegar, and I am ready to give up and just never have another wood floor.

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

Please help me clean the mop residue off my hardwood floors nothing had help new mop new floor cleaner nothing help me and they are beautiful when clean help plz

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July 1, 2013 Flag
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Can you please tell me how to remove the residue from my Santos mahogany high gloss hardwood floors? With using Bona, Minwax, and several other products such as Murphy's wood cleaner, there is a dull film that I have been trying to remove for months. It's to the point where I can hardly stand to look at the floors anymore and was thinking about taking them up completely. Please send me an SOS on how to save my floor. Thank you sincerely for your reply.

By Glenda

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September 15, 20140 found this helpful

We have dark mahogany floors that were factory finished. Anything other than water with a few drops per quart of dishwashing liquid leaves a sticky film that attracts dirt. We are actually having these floors refinished, because they are always dirty looking, no matter how clean you keep them. Wish I had better news.

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June 1, 20160 found this helpful

I got rid of my high gloss finish after learning in two different houses that after a half day of cleaning, polishing and buffing a couple of dust motes made the floor look dirty. I refinished the high gloss floors in the house where I am now, to a satin (low...

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December 9, 2013 Flag
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I have 105 year old heartpine floors. I use WOCA natural soap to clean them. They have also come out with a refresher that has more oil in it.

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September 2, 2011 Flag
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To clean my hardwood floors, can I use Murphy's Oil Soap straight (without adding water)? I love the smell and cleaning with it.

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