Clean Your Hardwood Floors


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

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What you need

1) Hardwood floors

2) Vinegar

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.

Best practice

  • Sweep and vacuum once or twice a week and mop once every one or two weeks.

 Here’s a video that explains more!

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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!


  1. I just watched your video on cleaning your hardwood floors – you had vinegar, dish soap, and rubbing alcohol – but you never used the alcohol. When and how do you use this in the cleaning process?

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  3. Love the tips, would love to see you do one on tile and grout cleaning. As the owners of a carpet cleaning business that does a lot of tile and grout cleaning we see many floors that have been made worse from improper cleaning.

  4. Wow! it amazed me! from now on I ill never pay a lot of money to help me out the stain on my wooden floor. Thanks for sharing those tips and it really can help me.

  5. Melissa – can you please explain how/when to you the rubbing alcohol? You mention it in the text and show the bottle in the video, but don’t explain you use it!! Thank you!

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