Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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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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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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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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?

March 31, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, I have tried it and it works beautifully. I filled the spray bottle I was going to use with water and poured it in a pan (adding a little extra to allow for loss while boiling) put the Black tea bags in the cold water, Brought it to a boil for several minutes. After boiling, let the tea cool then pour it in your spray bottle. Spray directly on the floor and clean it in sections.

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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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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!


June 11, 20040 found this helpful

Hi. Thank you for the information! I have severe allergies to dust mites (and grass pollen). It is tough to be dust mite free. Our window coverings are all plastic/roll down shades and I am particular about cleaning, but I will now check the vents. I may need to invest in a better vacuum, but with wood floors, I have a simple, lightweight one. Thank you again.

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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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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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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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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.

By Steph

September 6, 20110 found this helpful

I wouldn't recommend it either if you think you might ever want to refinish the floors. They will absorb oil and not absorb the stain you put on.

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June 27, 2011 Flag
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What is the best way to clean wood floors?

By Heather K.

June 30, 20110 found this helpful

As I stated in the comment before you, I use a Shark steam cleaner and love it!

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March 12, 2006 Flag
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Has anyone tried the new swiffer-like microfiber cleaning system for wood floors that comes with a cleaner and upkeep liquids? It runs about $15. We have an older wood floor with some dark spots that were under a carpet we removed and has some scratches. I have used the swiffer wet pads on the wood floors and it leaves them sticky.

I have cats, so frequent hair removal is a must, and they like to throw up on the floor. I dry mop (sweep) a couple times a week and wet mop every 2 weeks or spot clean the pet presents.

Debi from Youngstown, OH

March 15, 20060 found this helpful

I got a package of 6 white /cream dish/wash cloths at the Dollar Tree. They are a perfect size replacements for the swiffer PLUS washable. I use Windex to clean my laminate floors. It was recommended by the floor maker. I know you were asking about WOOD floors , but thought some readers might be interested in this thrifty hint.

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