(Closed) Hard-wood floor cleaning tips?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I haven’t tried it yet, but a friend just told me last week about something called Minwax Hardwood Floor Reviver.  She said she vacuumed her floor then spread it all over her floor with a mop and let it dry and her floor are shiny now, almost like new.

I looked it up online and it has some good reviews…BUT it is only for older, worn, hardwood floors.  It is not designed for newer pre-treated hardwood floors and can ruin the finish on them.


I plan to try it…eventually.  I just am not looking forward to moving all of my furniture to do it.


Post # 4
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m addicted to steam mopping. It’s so warm and my feet are always cold… haha, plus it gives the floors an awesome shine. 

Post # 5
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think the mopping solution does depend on whether your floors are older or new, but I think all hardwood floors need pretty consistent sweeping. Having doormats really cuts down on what comes in the house. I usually sweep my floors 2-3 times a week. After sweeping I either use a dry swiffer to pick up anything left behind or I use a handheld vaccuum to clean around the baseboards.

Post # 6
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I also love my Shark Steam mop! 

Post # 8
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I sweep very frequently and then just use a dilute vinegar solution with a spongey mop on the floor. Vinegar kills germs and is gentle on wood floors. If you don’t like the smell, you can add a little essential oil to it.

Post # 9
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

My problem is that our hardwood floors in our apartment are so old that the gaps between the planks are massive, in some places almost half an inch!

I actually am a little worried about mopping because the water will go right through the planks in some places – maybe steam mopping instead?

Which steam moppers do you have?

Post # 10
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Murphy’s Oil or Pine Sol with warm water seems to work best for us. Swiffers are almost impossible to use in our house because was soon as a piece of dog hair gets on it, it doesnt work anymore.

Post # 12
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

WINDEX AND A RAG!  Seriously….I have hard wood throughout my entire home.  I have used everything & it always looked like a film over it.  Well, every week I get on my hands & knees with clean rags and windex.  I spray it directly on the hardwood and scrub/wipe.  They come so clean and they stay that way for a while! (Meaning you won’t get annoying foot prints all over them like you do after you use something like mop & glo or whatever.)  It’s a pain in the ass, but it definitely works for me. 🙂  I got the tip from the people who installed the flooring.

Post # 13
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m also a fan of vinegar and water. It smells for a little, but it makes them look so good and its cheap! We do ours every other week, but we have no kids or pets. We are hoping to get a dog soon so I’m sure it will turn into a weekly thing.

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