So, you want to clean your hardwood floors?
No Problemo – with a little bit of elbow grease, it’s actually pretty easy to maintain hardwood floors.
There are many different types of hardwood floors
- Polyurethane coating makes the floors look clean and shiny
- Hardwood finished wood has a waxy or oily coating which repels water or liquid
- Unfinished hardwood CANNOT be mopped since it will damage the floors
To test if you can mop your floors, drop a few drops of water in a discreet area and if it beads, you have a floor coating
What you need
1) Hardwood floors
3) Dishwashing liquid
4) Wringer bucket
5) Microfiber twist mop
6) Microfiber cloth
7) Rubbing alcohol
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How to clean your hardwood floors
- Put half a pinky nails worth of dishwashing liquid into a wringer bucket. Dishwashing liquid is a neutral cleaner and will help to remove dirt well without leaving a residue.
- Add a cap full of vinegar and fill with hot water. Vinegar is a mild disinfectant and will help to cut grease without leaving streaks.
- Soak the mop head in the bucket for a few minutes to soften. The mop has to be almost dry before mopping hardwood floor.
- When you mop, clean in an S-shaped pattern. This ensures you get all areas of the floor cleaned. Keep your bucket around you and try not to step into areas you’ve already cleaned.
- To be extra diligent, you can take a microfiber cloth and do a quick wipe down so no water is left behind.
- Sweep and vacuum once or twice a week and mop once every one or two weeks.