(Closed) How do you clean your hardwood floors?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I vacuum and then mop.  I alternate Swiffer one week and just water the next.  My Mom swears by Murphys Oil Soap but that stuff makes me have a coughing fit and I start wheezing so I avoid that like the plague.

Post # 4
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

When I do it, I just use a spray bottle that has 4:1 water:vinegar and a microfiber mop.  The housecleaners use a real mop with water and murphy’s oil soap.  They do a better job than I do and the floors look awesome after they come.

Post # 5
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Vacuum – because of pet hair, swiffer and sweeping doesn’t pick them all up, they just get thrown under the couch and I have to chase them. LOL

Murphy’s oil soap – I don’t use a whole lot in the pail. Maybe less than a 1/4 cup in a big pail of water?

Post # 7
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Vacuum or sweep.

Then the swiffer for hard wood floors.

Post # 8
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Vacuum to clean away the dust/pet hair.

Steam with the steamer afterwards.

Post # 9
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Just water and a rag, sometimes a little vinegar.

Post # 10
9672 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Vacuum and then use the Bona system, works great.

Post # 11
131 posts
Blushing bee

When we built the new house the floor installers gave us a bottle of hardwood floor cleaner and specifically told us NOT to use Murphy’s Oil Soap because if you go to refinish the wood the residual oil will cause the new finish not to stick.  Of corse we had been using that for years at the old houses.  Oopps, does make it shine pretty though.

Below is from our floor installer…



The performance of wood flooring depends on some routine but minimal maintenance details. These include the following:

  • Sweep your floor or use a dust mop daily. Do NOT use a household dust treatment, as this may cause your floor to become slick or dull the finish and VOID your warranty.
  • Clean light stains by rubbing with a damp cloth.
  • Clean your floor’s coated surface lightly with a dampened cloth using a recommended pH-neutral cleaning product such as Poly Glow available at Guy’s Floor Service or according to the manufacturer’s directions . Do NOT use cleaning products each time you clean your floor; use water and cleaning products sparingly to increase the longevity and sheen of your final finish coat. Do NOT use disposable spray & mop cleaning systems such as Swiffer WetJet or like products.
  • Do NOT use Murphy Oil Soap, Old English, wax, acrylics, or similar products to clean your floor as they will keep a new coat of finish from adhering to your existing finish and VOID your warranty.
  • Do NOT use wax, conditioner, soap, or ammonia to clean your wood floors.
  • Do not clean your wood floors with water or water-based products on a regular schedule. Clean only when necessary and clean only the soiled areas.
  • Never wet-mop a wood floor; it should be damp-mopped only when needed. In all cases, use minimal water, because water causes deterioration of the wood itself as well as the finish. Avoid using mops or cloths that leave excessive water on the floor. Never let a spill of water dry on the floor. Never pour water directly onto the floor.
  • Use the floor-care products as recommended by Guy’s Floor Service rather than counting on a homemade remedy of vinegar and water. Different finishes have different requirements, and it is best to follow professional advice in this area.
  • Have your floors recoated periodically as the finish shows wear.

Post # 12
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Sunfire:  +1 on the Bona products. Top notch and worth every penny, our floors are almost a year old now and look brand spanking new. 

We don’t even bother vacuuming, just dry mop to get up the dog hair, then apply the Bona cleaner and use the Bona mop to mop.

Post # 13
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I was a teenager (the last time I lived in a place with real wood floors), my mom would have me clean the floor with a rag and bucket full of water and a tiny bit of hardwood floor cleaner (don’t remember the brand). No mops allowed!

Post # 14
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Vacuum and then Damp Mop

That’s it… that’s all

Other products tend to cause a “build up”


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