Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips You Need to Know

Hardwood flooring is a great addition to any home. We even have the top ten reasons why people may want to change their floors. But once you have these floors, you have to properly maintain them. You cannot clean hardwood floors like the other flooring types. You may cause more damage than good. Instead, check out these hardwood floor cleaning tips you need to know.


While it is tempting to grab a mop and bucket of water to clean your floors, this can cause more damage than good. Hardwood floors need cleaners (natural or commercial) that are compatible with them. If you like to create your own natural cleaning solution, you can do so with vinegar and water. Take one cup of vinegar and mix with one gallon of water. To completely disinfect the floors, vacuum and sweep before and after. We do not recommend this method if you have refinished floors. Another natural technique involves two tea bags and boiling water. You let the tea soak for a few minutes, then you grab a cloth and dunk it into the mixture. Wring out the tea to have a damp cloth and then mop away. The tannic acid in the tea will give your floors a brilliant shine.

If you prefer commercial products, here are a few you can check out:

  • Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner
  • Better Life Floor Cleaner
  • Murphy Oil Soap
  • Method Wood Floor Cleaner

There are many more options out on the market. If you give us a call, we can give you a further detailed list and the best way to use them. Always read the instructions before trying out any products on your floors.


Quickly pick up dirt, crumbs and other debris with a vacuum cleaner. The best type of vacuum for wood floors is the one with a soft floor nozzle. Carpet vacuums or ones with brush rolls can damage your hardwood finish or stain. If you like robot vacuums, they work as well. We recommend finding one that will not back itself in a corner and lasts at least one or two hours before powering off.


Want to use something easier on your floors? Then, grab your handy dandy broom. While any broom will technically work to get the job done, we recommend a soft bristle angled brush. This type of brush is easy on your floors and reaches all those hard-to-reach corners. Just make sure to clean the broom after each usage. Dust, hair or dirt that lingers on your broom can then distribute back to your floors.

Cleaning Machines

For hard to remove stains, you can bring in cleaning machines to help clean your floors. The type of machinery you can use include an auto scrubber and a four-jet gecko. These items are higher-ticket purchases, so many homeowners instead hire a professional cleaning service that provides the equipment and solutions. If you are looking for one in your area, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Microfiber Mop or Rag

The best type of mops or rags for your wood floors is microfiber. Microfiber is gentle yet tough on your floors. If you are looking for a microfiber mop, try to find one with a swivel head and has a reusable pad for dry mopping. This ensures that it is not only eco-friendly but reaches all the nooks and crannies in your home.

Other Tips

When cleaning your wood floors, there are other things you need to keep in mind like:

  • Cleaning spills and other messes right away. Lingering dirt or moisture can cause serious damage and stains to your floors.
  • Never steam your floors. The moisture can cause it to contract, swell or buckle.
  • Skip the heavy machinery if you have refinished hardwood. Large equipment can scratch, scuff or dent your hardwood.
  • Use rugs and mats to protect your floors from dirt, scratches, stains and sun fading.

For other tips and tricks, we are one phone call away. If you live in Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville or the surrounding areas and need help with any of your hardwood floor needs, Valor Home Services is here to help. We are your local flooring experts. We have been installing, repairing, cleaning, caring and maintaining wood floors for over 20 years. We cannot wait to hear from you.