How to Best Clean Hardwood Flooring

How to Best Clean Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is basically a decorative flooring material derived from furnished timber. Due to its durability and look, wood has replaced carpet and rugs in many household and offices.

With an expensive price comes great responsibility! Installing wood on the floor doesn’t come cheap. Parquet floors are usually long-lasting and require little or no maintenance. Moreover, parqueting (decorating) the floor can be even more expensive than normal hardwood flooring.

Maintaining these high-end wood structures require great effort. Water and most chemical agents do not go well with wood.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips

a. Vacuum the floor

Vacuuming is the most basic and recommended form of cleaning hardwood flooring. Since hardwood floors are patterned by different sizes of wood, vacuuming can reach the dirt between the cracks and rid it off the dirt easily.

b. Sweep the floor

You can use a normal brush to sweep the floor. You can also use a dust specific dry mop found in the market. Certain dry mops even have special tissues especially for wood floors or parquets. Sweeping is important to get all the bits of dirt that the vacuum missed.

c. Mop the floor with water

The idea is to use minimal water while cleaning the hardwood flooring. Clean the hardwood floor with a damp mop if your parquet floor is sealed. Start in one corner of the room and mop in an eight symbol to remove excessive dirt and sand. Wring the mop thoroughly out, and mop the floor again to remove the excess water until the floor is dry.

Things to remember while cleaning hardwood flooring

  • Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors.
  • Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Avoid putting too much liquid on your floors.
  • Use a microfiber mop to clean. Traditional mops can work, but they can leave excess water on your floors.

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Things to Avoid

Water & Vinegar

Water or Vinegar or the mixture of both is probably the quickest and easiest DIY cleaning solution for most people. Vinegar comes handy while cleaning most things at home because it’s cheap and easily available, however, it can do the most damage to hardwood flooring.

Just don’t use vinegar and water to clean hardwood floors. They can have a negative effect instead.

Vinegar is basically acid which can eliminate the chemical finish on the wood hence leaving it dry and out of shine, while water is fluid that can do long term damage to wood. Water and wood don’t go well. It can cause swelling and discoloration over time.


Ammonia can discolor, deteriorate, and dull the finish of the hardwood. Using ammonia to clean a wood floor will take years off of its life. It, in general, is safe for wood, but certain wood finishes can deteriorate or discolor when treated with ammonia.