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How to Clean Wood Floors The Right Way

Clean Wood Floors

If you have a big area or several rooms covered by hardwood flooring and want it cleaned properly the first time, this is the guide for you. The best cleans are ones that are efficiently done in minimal time, touching all the bases, and leaving you with a nicely cleaned area for you to enjoy as soon as possible.

Often times homeowners make the mistake of using unsuitable cleaning solutions that can damage the wooden floor surface. Or, improper mopping can lead to an even untidier and uncleaner surface for you to walk on.

To avoid these mistakes and know exactly what to do instead, here are the steps on how to clean your wooden floor properly:


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Sealed or Unsealed Wooden Floor?

Before we begin, it’s important to establish whether or not your wooden floors are sealed or unsealed. For convenience, many homes are more likely to have polished sealed wooden floors. Since wood typically absorbs liquid that it comes into contact with, having sealed wooden floors ensure better protection from spills and damages.

For unsealed wooden floors, there are only a few ways that you can clean and maintain the floor for longer use. The best approach is to clean unsealed wooden floors by using a dust mop. Alternatively, a damp cloth that has been wrung can be used as well. In any case, unsealed wooden floors should be dried immediately and as fast as possible. This is due to the fact that as wood absorbs moisture, it can welcome plenty of unwanted bacteria leading to mould growth and even dirtier floors than before.

1. Prepare the Room

First things first: to get the best clean for your wooden floors, make sure the space is cleared out and easily accessible.

This means removing all furniture or objects that are in the way of cleaning your floor. Once that’s done, it’s time to get a vacuum and remove any remains of dust, dirt, debris and anything else that remains on the surface of your floor.


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2. Make (or Buy) the Wooden Floor Cleaning Solution

There are many types of wooden floor cleaning solutions that homeowners may choose from, but some work much better (and less damaging) than others.

A common home-made DIY wooden floor cleaner uses lemon juice or vinegar, but it’s important to be wary of how using too much could actually damage the surface polished layer of the floor. This is especially the case if there is poor ventilation and the floor isn’t dried fast enough.

Alternatively, we recommend filling up a bucket of water and adding a few drops of dishwashing detergent that is pH neutral. This simple ratio can suffice for a thorough and efficient cleaning job.

3. Start Mopping

To avoid stepping in areas where you’ve already mopped, use the following ‘S’ method:

  • Start mopping in the area that is furthest away from the door
  • Mop from one corner to the other in an ‘S’ shape, slowly moving towards the door
  • Try to wring the mop adequately each time so that there aren’t puddles of excess water left on top of the floor


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4. Get Rid of Any Last Stains

The two common types of wooden floor stains are the white or black rings:

White rings are lighter stains on the surface, and can be removed by using #000 steel wool and scouring the surface gently to get rid of the stain. Afterwards, wax can be rubbed into the area to reseal the surface.

Black rings, or more stubborn stains may require a bit of sanding to get the seal layer off and a complete redo of the wooden seal.

If you want stains removed quickly, reliably, and hassle-free, there are professional cleaning service providers like My Home. We can get the job done in a fraction of the time and leave you with exceptionally clean results.

5. Let the Floor Air Dry

Open up your windows and make sure there is enough airflow for your wooden floors to air dry itself. Ideally, you don’t want wood to be in direct contact with water for a long period of time. This is why it’s never a good idea to use soaking wet mops – wringing the mop often is always recommended and ensures a better chance of maintaining healthier, cleaner wooden floors.

For clean hard wood floors, these helpful steps can ensure you get the best results at home. If you’re entire home needs a thorough floor cleaning, it may be best to leave it to the experts to ensure a proper job is completed. At My Home, you can take advantage of our range of affordably priced residential cleaning services today.

Cleaning floors doesn’t have to be a chore. At My Home, we take the headache out of all types of residential cleanings – including wooden floor cleaning as well as carpet, or even window and furniture cleans. Call us today on 13 22 31 to find out how we can transform your home into a cleaner and more vibrant place to enjoy.