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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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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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December 19, 2016

Red wax stains on wood floor.

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Tested solutions for removing candle wax from hardwood floors. The key to removing candle wax from most surfaces is heating it up with an hair dryer or clothes iron. Beyond that there are some solvents, like Goo Gone, that have been effective.

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

Hardwood Floors

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Certain cleaning products can leave an unsightly buildup on your hardwood floors. This is a guide about cleaning buildup off hardwood floors.

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January 26, 20170 found this helpful

Mopping a hardwood floor.

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Using Murphy's oil soap on hardwood floors can have mixed results. This is a guide about cleaning hardwood floors with Murphy's oil soap.

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January 26, 20170 found this helpful

Unsealed Wooden Floors

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Unsealed wood flooring can be kept looking good by using an oil or wax finish. Then just use the best cleaning method for the finish you choose. This is a guide about cleaning unsealed wooden floors.

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

A mop and bucket on a hardwood floor.

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This is a guide about mopping hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring is quite beautiful. To keep it that way proper cleaning methods and products are essential.

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November 21, 2013

I watch garage sales and the Goodwill for really cheap flannel king size sheets. I cut them into Swiffer squares. When I use them, I spray with Endust first.

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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

Wooden floor being mopped

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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.

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June 25, 20160 found this helpful

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

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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.

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June 20, 20160 found this helpful

Hand wiping white residue off wooden floor

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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.

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March 25, 20050 found this helpful

ry using tea to clean your wood floors. It works.

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April 29, 2015

I worked for a cleaning company. We used a flat mop by O-Cedar and just water. Go over it with a wet one, then a dry one in small sections.

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June 8, 20040 found this helpful

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.

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August 19, 20130 found this helpful

beautiful wood floors

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This guide is about removing scuff marks from hardwood floors. Certain shoes can leave black marks on your floors.

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March 21, 2017

I clean my wooden floor with my steamer everyday. I put white vinegar and water in the part where you fill the steamer up. Then I buff it up with a dry Swiffer, but when walked on it leaves footprints, etc. Can anyone help me to stop this happening please?

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March 22, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure the floor is thoroughly dry before anyone walks on it.

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September 15, 2010

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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June 27, 2011

What is the best way to clean wood floors?

By Heather K.

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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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September 30, 2015

Can I spray salt and water from a sprayer bottle on my Bellawood floor to clean it? I have a reason for the salt.

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November 18, 20130 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
March 12, 2006

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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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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August 27, 2011

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

Much will depend on the condition of the wood. First, get up all the dust. You need a strong vacuum for this. Use the crevice tool to clean between the boards. Next, use a hardwood floor cleaner and follow the directions carefully. Do NOT use water. If there are areas that do not look nice, use an area rug there or even a piece of furniture to cover the spot.

If you plan to enjoy the natural wood, do use area rugs and throw rugs in areas of high traffic and in front of seatings. Door ways get the most wear so you may want to put a runner rug through the doorway. I have seen some fantastic rugs at thrift stores.

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April 28, 2013

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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May 4, 2015

My floors were looking dull so I applied Quick Shine to them. They looked great at first. My son decided to surprise me while I was out of town and applied 5 coats of Quick Shine to "restore them". They were left with streaks. I've tried everything I can think to of to remove this product from my floors including a Shark steamer, floor scrubbers, Windex, vinegar and water and nothing has worked. My husband has even gotten on his hands and knees to no avail. You can see spots where the solution is gone and patches where it remains. At this point I'm wondering if my only hope is sanding them down and re-staining them.

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March 29, 20150 found this helpful

My grandson has trodden on a pen on oak flooring. How can I get the stain removed?

By Ann from Sussex U. K

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

My housecleaners used my Bona furniture polish to clean my wood floors. Now we are slip sliding all over the place! You should see our poor dog. What do I do to fix it?

By Moshelle

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April 21, 20120 found this helpful

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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March 10, 20140 found this helpful

I have been using Bonaparte on my wood floors, but there are many streaks and smudges. What can I do?

By Rose

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January 6, 2014

We have a beautiful hardwood floor in our hallway and kitchen. Does anyone have a good product they use to clean them? Or a natural product will do too. I just moved here and I want to keep the floors beautiful and shiny. Thank you

By Sheila from Ontario

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August 6, 20130 found this helpful

I've been using my Oreck mop for quite sometime now and yesterday I found gum on my wooden floor. I used my Oreck to get it up and it just wouldn't come up. So I placed the Oreck on the gum so that maybe the steam would break it up and all it did was leave a white mark on the floor. Any ideas?

By Ron F.

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September 15, 20100 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

I just built a new house. I have hardwood floors in the kitchen and dining room. I also have 4 Siberian Huskies. How do I clean their paw prints off my wood floor safely every day, without damaging my floor? A dry Swiffer does not work because sometimes their feet are a little wet and dirty and it dries on. I don't want to have to mop every other day.

By Terri Lynne from Hayden, ID

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

I just have a section in my dining room and I put a little Pledge on a washcloth and do the floor on my hands/knees.
You can also make sure your dogs' paws are clean when they come into the house. My German Shorthair stops at the kitchen door till you wipe her feet. That helps a lot. (07/06/2010)

By T&T Grandma

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

I have a cleaning service and I clean a lot of log cabins with hardwood floors. What I have found that works well and it doesn't harm the finish of the hardwood, is a dab of mild dish detergent mixed with water in a spray bottle. I spray it on the floors as I mop or clean them. (07/07/2010)

By mprince

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Buy a product called Bono. It is by far the best. (07/07/2010)

By kayrayriggs

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Buy a hardwood floor mop that comes with a microfiber covering.
Wet the cover, wring it out thoroughly, and damp mop the floor.
You will be surprised how much dirt the microfiber will remove with nothing more than water.
(07/07/2010)

By Southern Saver

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

You're probably going to have to damp-mop, but an easy way is to just put a wet, lightweight towel or cloth onto your Swiffer in place of the regular Swiffer sheet. I find this works well for light cleaning of my hardwood kitchen floor, and as long as it's not too wet it won't harm the finish at all. (07/08/2010)

By ChloeA

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

We are also in the process of putting in more hardwood, so don't have much of that surface, but even with one dog, I can't get around the frequent mopping. As a few other posters here already mentioned, I find a squirt of Dawn in lukewarm water on a barely-damp mop, so it dries quickly, works the best for us, and hasn't done damage to the finish on the flooring. (07/08/2010)

By PupperMom

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Can you get large floor mats at the entrance way to stop the dogs from tracking mud into the house in the first place? If you could get them to wait for a foot cleaning like T&T Grandma's dog, that would be the easiest solution to this problem. (07/17/2010)

By louel53

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July 6, 20100 found this helpful

What's the best way to clean hardwood floors?

By Elsa from Cushing, ME

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Thank the heavens! Windex worked to cure the Orange Glo debacle. I used Bona to remove the buildup and Windex to remove the film. Thank you to all my fellow posters. (03/27/2010)

By j1gi

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

I wish I would have read this sooner. I, too, used Orange Glo and have ruined my floors. I think there is hope. It might take me a few more Saturdays on my hands and knees. Does anyone use the Sharp Steam Mop? Please tell me there's no residual damage from using this type of mop over time. Thank you. (03/27/2010)

By j1gi

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

My hardwood floors were refinished 20 years ago. Never waxed. To maintain them, I use the steam shark, then orange glo hardwood cleaner with enclosed pads. I finish with orange glo refinisher. Nice clean and shiny! (04/13/2010)

By lz4004

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

How about pre-finished aluminum oxide floors? (04/19/2010)

By qt0929

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

All I know is I had beautiful Brazilian teak hardwood floors and we ruined them using any of the so-called wood floor cleaners and finishers. I started noticing my floor getting a cloudy film on them so I called the place where I purchased the floor and they said never put anything on the floor but their own cleaner! So I asked her what do I use to get all those 2 years of cleaners off. She said just dish soap and hot water. So I tried it and my lands I opened up a huge can! It worked but I had to soak the floors with water for 20 minutes before it penetrated through, and then the real work began. I started scraping the whole floor on my hands and knees with a pots and pans food scraper, it took forever like 12 hours, so I am scared to put anything on it again. (04/24/2010)

By archy

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

To keep your laminate floors or your wooden floors streak free, it helps to dry them. I use my Swiffer for this, but use a an old towel in it instead of the dust cloths. I wash a section, then use my Swiffer on it so I don't track over what I just did. Works every time.

By Laniegirl from Iowa

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors without Leaving Streaks

Well, that's a great idea. I use vinegar on my hardwood, but have watched the streaks form and couldn't figure out what to do about it. Just never thought of drying the floor. (09/28/2009)

By Glenn'sMom

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

I am looking for tips for cleaning hardwood floors.

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March 3, 20090 found this helpful

Does anyone know a solution to use to clean hardwood floors? The floors are sealed. I have smudge marks all over them from attempting to clean them with Pledge for hardwood floors.

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February 10, 20090 found this helpful

How do I clean hardwood floors?

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January 14, 20080 found this helpful

What is the best thing to use to clean hardwood floors?

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

I have never had hardwood floors before. Ours have a polyurethane coating, high gloss. It appeared that the floor was smudged with footprints. Using a Bona product.

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December 4, 20060 found this helpful

Daily cleaning of hardwood floors can be a challenge, especially if you have pets. The best tool I have found for daily maintenance of my hardwood floors is a good vacuum cleaner.

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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

What is the best way to clean hardwood floors?

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