Best Way To Clean Hardwood Floors

Cleaning your hardwood floors does not have to be a back breaking chore. I'll share with you the tips and information I've learned over the last two years in my search for "the best way to clean hardwood floors". If you're wondering what type of person does this, let me introduce myself, I'm Casey Miller, and I have a cleaning addiction (my husband will vouch for that!)

Best Way To Clean Hardwood Floors

The beauty of hardwood floors cannot be denied, but keeping them clean can be a chore.   I used to scrub the floor on my hands and knees, but while I was pregnant I began dragging a towel across the floor with my foot.  My husband saw this and decided I was crazy and said “There has to be a better way”.

And it turns out, there are simpler, less back breaking ways to keep your hardwood floors clean.

Know your hardwood floor

The first thing you need to do is determine what type of wood flooring you have.  Do you have a true hardwood floor that was finished on site?  Or do you have prefinished, engineered, or wood laminate?

If you’re not sure what you have, read the following article to determine what type of floors you have.
Types of Hardwood Flooring

Removing debris from your hardwood floors

Prior to cleaning your hardwood floors, you’ll need to remove any debris that has accumulated, i.e. leaves, grass, etc…  We have 3 dogs and 2 young boys, so there is always an abundance of debris!

You can use either a broom or a vacuum made for hard surfaces (normal vacuums don’t work well).  Read the following article if you’re interested in learning about the different broom and vacuum options.
Hardwood Floor Vacuums and Sweepers

Cleaning your hardwood floor

There are two key things to consider when cleaning your wood floor: The cleaner that you use and the method in which you apply the cleaner.

There are many cleaners out there, but many of them will leave streaks and some will cause residue buildup over time. As for method, nothing beats getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing, but there are mops that do a good job with much less effort.

You can read more about the cleaners and methods in these articles.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning Solutions
Hardwood Floor Mops

For most floors, we recommend the BonaKemi Hardwood Floor Mop. The mop itself is very sturdy, and there cleaning solution does a much better job than any others I’ve tried. I bought mine from my hardwood installer, but I wish I would have bought it online because he charged me an arm and a leg for it.