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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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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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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

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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 gloss) finish and I still can't figure out how to make them look clean, without smears. They are light colored natural hickory and I just want them to look clean. I have tried every single hardwood floor cleaner made, dish soap, and they still look dirty as soon as I am finished.

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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

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June 24, 20150 found this helpful

I've used this before. I love the smell, it looks very clean. I get on my hands and knees and clean in sections. I just don't know how to get my floor to shine. My floor has never shined. I was told that some wood floors just don't shine it's the kind of wood it is.

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

By Heather K.

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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have oldstyle wood floors and when I want to clean them really well, I use a bucket full of warm water, a little dish detergent and a couple of squirts of baby oil. Seems to work great!

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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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    November 18, 2013 Flag
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    I used Top job on hardwood floors and it has a coating that will not come off. Could you please tell me how to get this off?

    By Becky from Burnsville, NC

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    December 4, 20140 found this helpful

    I have had my own cleaning business for 14 years, and have tried many floor cleaners...with that said, I will share my experience and opinion. I am afraid that the use of Top Job cleaner may have etched your floors. (Leaving a cloudy appearance ). Using ammonia is risky and I do not recommend it. If this is the case, the only option to "fix" your floors is to re sand. If they are laminate... consider replacement.

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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.

    Thanks!
    Debi from Youngstown, OH

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    April 5, 20080 found this helpful

    How do you get scuff marks off hardwood floors? I have heard using a dry clean tennis ball?

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    August 27, 2011 Flag
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    My question is about cleaning wood floors after carpeting is removed. We don't have the funds for a professional to do it, so how do I clean and prep wood floors after the carpeting has been removed from 2 rooms in the house?

    By MizAyo from Chicago, IL

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    August 29, 20110 found this helpful

    Do as Chloelizabeth says but if there are faded or discolored use some Old English on it, this will make it blend in. Good luck, wood floors are so beautiful!

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    April 28, 2013 Flag
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    What can I use to clean hardwood floors that are unfinished? The floors were finished at one time (years ago), but now they are dirty and very dull. I'm fixing up an old house, but I've got to clean these floors first!

    By rach

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    May 7, 20130 found this helpful

    You might try white vinegar and water mixed 1/2 & 1/2 and wipe it up quickly.

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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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      June 4, 2010 Flag
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      I am looking for a terry cloth mop for use with Bellawood hardwood floor cleaner.

      Mark

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      June 5, 20100 found this helpful

      I have a double sized 'Swiffer' type mop, and got tired of buying the pads for it, so I went to the Dollar store and bought microfiber towels, and use those for cleaning my wood floors with a spray on cleaner. I stretch them tight and push them into the holes on the top of the mop, and they fit and stay on perfectly. The microfiber leaves no lint and minimal streaking, I can rinse them while cleaning or remove them and put another one on when it gets dirty, and they wash up perfectly in the laundry!

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      April 21, 2012 Flag
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      How do I get grime off a wood floor around the cabinet edges? I have a wood floor in my kitchen.

      By Pat O.

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      April 25, 20120 found this helpful

      Degreaser, WD40, apply to rag, rub briskly and it should come off.

      Also try white vinegar, should work a treat.

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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

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      March 24, 2010 Flag
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      How do I clean the buildup on my hardwood floors?

      By Kahlbrand

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      March 27, 20100 found this helpful

      I have had beautiful hardwood floors and always used small amounts of ammonia in the mop water every time I mopped. After getting them down to the real wood, I would wax, and start small amounts of ammonia mop water again to slowly strip off. They always shined great and never built up again.

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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. If your floors aren't horrible, clean them well and try the refresher on a small section. We sanded and oiled our floors six years ago after removing about five layers of linoleum. I used WOCA oil. Haven't had to re-oil yet.

        Source: Wocadirect.com

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        September 15, 2010 Flag
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        I have to clean espresso hard wood floors and I have to use a natural product. Would anyone be able to tell me what I can use? Thanxs.

        By Ce Ce from Canada

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        Cleaning Hardwood Floors

        I found this article very helpful, for other useful tips check out this IVillage article: articles.ivillage.com/ which goes a little more in depth with the mechanics and best practices for cleaning a wood floor. (08/18/2010)

        By PennyInkwell

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        August 14, 2010 Flag
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        I just built a new house. I have hardwood floors in the kitchen and dining room. I also have 4 Siberian Huskies.

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        July 6, 2010 Flag
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        What's the best way to clean hardwood floors?

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