5 Ways to Clean Wooden Floors

By on January 23, 2019
Keeping wooden floors clean is simple, but you need to be a bit cautious. Using the wrong brooms, mops, and cleansers can damage wooden flooring. Fortunately, there are many great products you can use that are perfectly safe.

You also have several cleaning methods to choose from. In this post, you will find five ways to clean wooden floors. The method or methods you use are up to you. Read on to discover how to keep your floors looking their best.

1. Clean Floors Using The Right Broom Or Dry Mop

Sweeping is one of the most common ways to clean wooden floors. But you need to avoid brooms that will scratch the wood. Small scratches can easily be caused by common bristle brooms. The damage builds up over time until it becomes noticeable and difficult to repair.

Choose a broom with bristles that are compatible with wood. You can also use a dry mop or dust mop as an alternative. Here are a few styles to consider:

  • a microfiber dry mop
  • a rubber bristle broom
  • a natural horsehair broom
  • a cotton dust mop

Fabric dry mops and dust mops are extremely gentle. Bristles aren’t a factor at all, so there’s no risk of scratching. Horsehair and rubber bristle brooms are gentler than other brooms, so they are considered suitable.

2. Use A Vacuum As A Broom Alternative

Another cleaning option is to skip a broom altogether. Vacuums can be used on wooden floors as long as the correct setting is used. Always make sure you use the ‘bare floor’ setting to avoid wear and tear.

There are also vacuums designed specifically for wooden floors. Stick models are a popular choice, but other options are considered just as safe. You can view a full list of the best options at ConsumerReports.org.

3. Control Exposure To Moisture While Mopping

If your wooden floors are sealed well, then you can use a mop to clean them. The type of mop you use isn’t too much of an issue. You just need to control how much moisture your floors are exposed to. Thoroughly wring excess water and cleanser out of traditional mops. If you use a motorized mop, spray the smallest possible amount of cleaning solution.

4. Remove Stains Quickly And Effectively

Spills and accidents that cause stains are inevitable. It’s important to treat stains quickly to minimize wooden floor damage. Additionally, you need to use stain cleaning methods designed for wood.

  • Use floor wax and ultra-fine steel wool for most stains.
  • Use dish detergent and a soft cloth for oil-based stains.
  • Use hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach and a soft cloth for dark stains.

If you purchase a store-bought stain remover, carefully read the label. Many stain removers are not suitable for use on wooden floors.

5. Perform Maintenance Whenever It’s Needed

This cleaning tip is important no matter what other methods you use. Your wooden floors occasionally need in-depth maintenance or light repairs. Examples include floor sanding, polishing, and oiling. Periodically perform these tasks or hire a professional to do it for you.