How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Learn the best way to clean hardwood floors for long-lasting beautiful floors

2-4 hours

When you take care of your hardwood floors they’ll last a lifetime. Follow these guidelines to properly maintain your floors.

Tip: Use throw rugs and floor mats near doorways to stop dirt from being tracked in and damaging the floor.

What You Need

vacuum

Vacuum

broom

Broom

dust mop

Microfiber dust mop

scratch repair

Liquid wood scratch concealer

wood finish

Wood finish

Sander

Sander

TOOLS

MATERIALS

  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Microfiber dust mop
  • Wood floor cleaner
  • Liquid wood scratch concealer
  • Wood finish
  • Sander

Cleaning Frequency

Frequency Chore
  • Daily or as often as possible
  • Sweep or dust mop
  • Weekly
  • Vacuum on bare floor setting
  • Bi-Weekly
  • Clean heavy-traffic areas with a damp mop
  • Monthly
  • Clean with recommended wood cleaner
  • Every three to five years
  • Apply a fresh coat of finish
  • Every few decades
  • Sand and refinish
1
Sweep or vacuum
sweep

● Hardwoods need to be kept clean and free of dust and debris that can scratch and dull the surface.
● Use a broom or a dry microfiber mop. 
● Be careful to always turn the brush roll off, it can scratch your floors.
● Check to see If your vacuum has a “hard floor” setting. It raises the vacuum, deactivates the brush roll, and works only by suction.
● Some models offer rubber wheels which are less likely to leave scratches than models with hard plastic wheels.

Tip: Try a microfiber mop pre-treated with a dusting agent. It’ll help pick up dust and dirt and prevent scratches.

2
mop
vacuum

● Make sure to wring out most of the water out of the mop so it’s just damp.
● Heavily trafficked areas should be cleaned more often, every week or two.
● Avoid leaving any standing water on the floor, this can damage the wood. This is especially true for prefinished hardwood floors.
● If your floors are well sealed, you can add a diluted wood cleaning product according manufacturer’s instruction. Rinse with a clean mop dampened in clear water, but only if the cleaning product requires it
● Avoid using harsh detergents, they’ll dull the surface.
● You can also use a spray-and-mop product. They don’t require a bucket and dry quickly.
● For a quick clean, use disposable wet pads. Make sure you use a variety that is safe for hardwood floors.
● Don’t steam mop your wood floor. Steam can dull the finish and damage the wood.

Tip: Your floors should dry pretty quickly, but you can speed the process by turning on a ceiling fan, air conditioning, or dry the floor using a soft, microfiber cloth.

3
revitalize
mop

No matter how often you clean your hardwood floor, scratches are inevitable, especially if you have pets. Here’s a few quick fixes:

● Try liquid scratch concealers, when they dry they form a permanent seal that won’t come off during cleaning. Be sure to select a concealer that best matches the color of your floor’s finish.
● If your floor is real hardwood, lightly sand it then apply a new finish to restore the wood's natural beauty.
● You can restore the shine with floor polish. It’ll also protect your floor from wear and help fill small scratches.
● Use floor wax to revitalize and deep clean worn floors. Always apply floor wax to go with the grain of the wood.

Tip: Don’t over-wax a wood floor. Try buffing your hardwoods it instead, if it looks dull.