Cleaning Tips-Hardwood Floor Care

Here at MaidPro we are often asked what products we use on wood floors or if we use a special product to clean wood floors in homes.

Our philosophy when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors is “less is more.” Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. Most hardwood floors already have several coats of urethane or laquer. Adding another cleaning product or substance over that usually leaves a residue or film on the floor that builds up over time. ie: Murphys oil soap.

Wood floors were designed to handle normal traffic that a household brings. The best way to keep them clean is to make sure to remove any objects that can scratch or harm the floor; namely dust and grime.

Our method at MaidPro is to first completely vacuum the floor using our canister vacuums. This picks up the majority of dirt and ensures no damage to the floor in the mopping process.

We then mop the floor using a “schmop” (a flat mop with a microfiber mopping surface). This is a low moisture method recommended for wood floors.  We use a solution of vinegar and water or a mild detergent like Mr. Clean that will not leave any residue or film on the floor.

That’s how we do it. We are basically cleaning the protective surface on the floor. Check out our do’s and don’ts below and if you have any questions, please post a comment or contact us directly.

Do’s and Don’ts of Wood Floor Care

Don’t ever wax a wood floor with a urethane finish
Do use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue
Don’t use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor — they’ll dull the finish and affect your ability to recoat later.
Don’t wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).
Do clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge
Do minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately

Check out our 49 Point Checklist to see a complete list of services performed in your home.

One thought on “Cleaning Tips-Hardwood Floor Care

  1. Hardwood floors are easily gouged and dented by sharp or heavy objects. To prevent this from occurring, use felt pads under furniture legs and feet. Sunlight is known to change the color of some hardwood floors dramatically. Consider drawing the drapes or closing the blinds to avoid excessive discoloration in one spot, especially if there are south- and west-facing windows in the room.
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