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How To Clean Hardwood Floors | Hardwood Floor Care | The Home Depot

How To Clean Hardwood Floors | Hardwood Floor Care | The Home Depot

If properly maintained, hardwood flooring
will last for decades. Hardwoods need to be kept clean and free of the dust and
debris that can scratch and dull the surface. High-traffic areas should be
swept as often as possible. You can either sweep the floors with a broom, or use a disposable electrostatic mop. Using a vacuum is also an option. However, you should only vacuum if your model features an on-off brush roll. Many models have a hard floor setting, which raises the vacuum and deactivates the brush roll used to clean carpets. If active, the brush roll can scratch hardwood flooring. Only suction is used when removing debris on the hard floor
setting. Some models offer rubber wheels, which are less likely to leave scratches than models with hard plastic wheels. Heavily trafficked areas should be cleaned every week or two using a damp mop. Wet the mop and wring out most of the water so it is just damp. Avoid leaving any standing water on the floor. This can damage the wood. This is especially true for pre-finished hardwood floors. Unless the surface was sealed with polyurethane after installation, the water will seep between the boards. If your floors are well sealed, you can add a wood cleaning product diluted to the manufacturer’s instruction when mopping. Avoid using harsh detergents. They’ll dull the surface. The Home Depot offers a
wide variety of wood care products both in store and online. There are products
that allow you to simply spray and mop. These products don’t require a bucket. They dry quickly and remove dust, dirt and grime. For an even quicker clean, there are disposable wet pads. These are perfect for touch-up cleaning, but be sure to select the wet pads specifically formulated for cleaning
hardwoods. There are also floor polishes that help restore the shine and offer protection against wear. These products will also
help fill small scratches and are available in low and high gloss finishes. To revitalize worn floors, use a floor wax. These not only provide a deep clean, but they leave a satin finish that protects and beautifies hardwoods. Regardless of which product you choose, always apply them with the grain of the
wood. If your product requires a mop application, rinse the mop often and
wring it dry. Although many products will dry pretty quickly, you can speed the process by turning on a ceiling fan or the floor can be dried using a soft
microfiber cloth. No matter how often you clean your hardwood floor, scratches are inevitable especially if you have pets. There are liquid scratch concealers that when dry form a permanent seal that won’t come off during cleaning. Eventually, your floor’s sealed surface will wear, but fortunately real hardwood flooring can be lightly sanded and new finish applied to restore the floor’s
natural beauty. For more detailed information about this and many other projects, check out the DIY projects and ideas section of or talk to one of our store associates.

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21 thoughts on “How To Clean Hardwood Floors | Hardwood Floor Care | The Home Depot

  1. As a new home owner with hardwood, how would i know if the floor is sealed properly or needs to be sealed again?

  2. my hardwood floor is covered in 20 years worth of spilled soda ,tobacco and food.. i tried to mop it once but didnt work

  3. Use the bona cleaner everything else is to risky when it comes to the chemicals in it. Even if it says it’s for hardwood floors. If you mess up it risks the chance that you won’t be able to re-coat the floor if you get a scratch or bad scuff. And don’t use a shiner that has waxes in it that will do the same thing as the cleaners

  4. I love woods floor but it need a lot of attention. I'm going to change to tile "woods" floor. They look almost the same and requires less effort and less money to maintain.

  5. I use Bona on my floors. I think that's the best product out there. Every other week, just plain water. Dont want product build up on my floors. That can also dull the wood.

  6. I love the look of wood floors. But, I hate the fact that if I drop something on the floor it usually leaves a dent and I know it's dated but I still like carpeting you can slide or drag things across carpeting or drop heavy objects on carpeting and it has no effect on the appearance

  7. I stripped the old varnish coating
    Without doing no harm to the wood. My ignorant landlord who doesn't know a thing about home improvement had a fit.

  8. I have hardwood floors and it always.gets so dusty I have to mop like every day its very hard maybe my husband can put a wax on it can look better I don't know

  9. I have been trying homemade hardwood floor cleaners, water, vinegar, alcohol, dish liquid but after I mop, and once dry can see footprints, what is best to buy?

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