How To Clean Hardwood Floors

Dust and debris collect in the floor’s finish rather than the wood itself, and constant upkeep is the only way to ensure the longevity of a surface.

Thankfully, nearly all old flooring can be salvaged or renovated in a variety of ways.

Insect-infested boards, termite-damaged planks, delaminated strips, water-damaged hardwood, and termite-damaged planks can all be replaced. With nails or dry lubricant, holes may be filled and squeaky flooring can be reinforced and quieted.

To improve the floors appearance, a total floor refinishing may be required.

A wood finish not only gives your floors a shiny and luxurious appearance, but it also closes and shields the wood’s tiny crevices, which if left open will soak up liquid, grime, and mess, as well as be vulnerable to dents and scratches.

Effective ways to rejuvenate and refresh wood floors
Old, damaged floors can be resurfaced using a method called recoating where we apply a new, protective layer to reinforce an existing finish. Refinishing is more difficult, hazardous, and time-consuming than recoating.

Without refinishing or Recoating, how can you refresh or add shine to an old, damaged hardwood floor?
More information on how to clean and shine your floors, as well as other maintenance suggestions, can be found in this post. The best techniques to clean hardwood floors are as follows.

Step-by-Step Cleaning of Old Hardwood Floors Without Refinishing
Cleaning Your Floors Clean
Whatever cleaning method you choose, sweeping and vacuuming your floors is an important daily task that you should do. It should be done at least three times a week, if not every day.

You don’t want stones and debris carried inside to scratch your expensive wooden floors, do you? Most of the dust and debris won’t be able to enter your home if you have a high-quality doormat. See what suits you best from my list of top 10 best doormats for hardwood floors and 10 best dust mops for hardwood floors.

When it comes to sweeping, the Bissell sweeper is a great choice, but any good quality broom will get the job done.
It’s time to clean your old hardwood floors after you’ve swept them. There are numerous cleaning methods that are recommended, but you should choose your preferred approach based on the condition of your floor.

Options for cleaning old hardwood floors, including benefits and drawbacks.

Soap and water
Even though water is one of your flooring’ worst enemies, there are a few natural ways to clean them. Mixing water with dish soap or another economical option is Murphy oil soap. Both are equally incorporated. Pour a quarter cup of soap into one gallon of water. Wring out your mop thoroughly before applying the mixture to your flooring.
To be on the safe side, sweep your floors with dry Swiffer sweeper pads or a cloth after mopping with a water-soap solution.

PROS 
Easy to Mix
Cost-Effective
Organic  

CONS
The method uses water, which can cause a lot of damage to wooden floor. It can be effective as long as you don’t use too much, so be extra cautious and thoroughly dry your floor after cleaning. For stains that are more difficult to remove, this method may not work. Consider combining ½ cup of murphy oil soap with it to see if it makes a difference.

It is a cost-effective and efficient cleaning choice for your home that will last for a long time, especially if you clean them on a regular basis and no larger stains form. Just remember to ensure your mop is well wrung out and does not carry too much water when mopping.

Vinegar in Water
Vinegar is a widely used cleaning solution for hardwood floors. If you’re considering it, there are a few things you should know. Vinegar has a higher acid content, which is detrimental to your floors, so you must dilute it with water to make an efficient floor cleaner. Choose between white vinegar or cleaning vinegar, both of which can be obtained on Amazon. Others, such as Balsamic vinegar aren’t suitable for cleaning.

Before applying the mixture, vacuum your floors as you would with any other cleaning procedure. Mix a gallon of warm water to one cup of vinegar. Start mopping with your hardwood-floor with a suitable soft mop. It is critical to wring it out well, just like you would with soap, to ensure that no surplus water lands on your priceless antique hardwood flooring. If you have a wider area to clean, make sure you replace the water as soon as it looks dirty.
PROS
All-natural cleaning method
Economical

CONS
Strong vinegar smell

Cleaning your floors with vinegar is a highly effective, organic, and inexpensive cleaning method. For best results always ensure you follow the above-mentioned guidelines.

Lemon Juice with Water
Lemon contains the same acid as vinegar, so scrubbing your floors with it and water will not only sanitize them but also remove the stains.
First vacuum your floors thoroughly to remove any dust or grime that has accumulated, then start cleaning with lemon juice.  Mix ½ cup lemon juice with one gallon of water. I won’t go over the cleaning process again because it’s the same as with vinegar. Just ensure your mop is well wrung out.

PROS
A Cleaning procedure that is natural
It has a pleasant aroma.
Cost-effective and efficient
CONS
Lemons are acidic. In big quantities, water and acid are detrimental to your floors, but in smaller, diluted amounts, they are incredibly effective.

Lemon juice is an affordable and natural way to clean and disinfect your floors.

When washing antique hardwood floors, add a few drops of olive oil to the lemon/water or vinegar/water mixture. They will look so shiny and luxurious once again!
Baking Soda
Baking soda isn’t a cleaning solution for hardwood floors, but it can help you erase scuffs, so it’s worth mentioning in this article. Scuffs are often caused by pets, walking inside with your shoes on, moving pieces of furniture around, and so on.

The procedure is straightforward: Apply a small amount of baking soda to your dish sponge. It’s best if your sponge is slightly damp. Rub mixture through the scuffs and they should magically disappear.

Apply a small amount of baking soda to your dish sponge and follow the steps below. It’s ideal if you use a damp sponge. Scuffs should slowly disappear after rubbing the mixture on them.

Bona and Bruce for wooden floor cleaning.
For individuals who are unfamiliar with these brands or who have recently installed hardwood floors, Bona and Bruce are probably two of the most popular brands used to clean wooden floors

Overall, the cleaning procedure is straightforward and efficient. This product is specially made to clean hardwood floors and I have only read excellent reviews and seen high escalades for this product. There is also no need for additional water.

After application, simply spray and mop.
PROS
There is no need for water.
Designed specifically for hardwood floors to ensure that they are not damaged.
They’re designed to bring out the natural beauty of your floors.
CONS
In comparison to the other cleaners mentioned, it is more expensive.
With Bona and Bruce you will most likely achieve the best results, but it is the most expensive option listed. At the same time, your floors are probably the most valuable possessions in your house so it’s worth it to look after them!

Windex ammonia-free all-purpose cleaner
This one is my favourite! It’s funny that most people don’t know that this universal cleaner is great for hardwood floors. Since Windex announced an ammonia-free version of its bestseller a lot of us started to explore it on wooden floors as well.
Bona and Bruce have the same cleaning procedure. Simply grab your spray bottle and squirt it all over the floor. After that, clean it with a microfiber mop or a Swiffer sweeper. In addition to the hardwood floor cleaners described above, ammonia-free Windex is universal, meaning it may be used on tiles, windows, cultured marble, laminate floors, glass, and other surfaces.

PROS
It’s a universal cleaner
No additional water required.
Affordable

As you may notice, I didn’t list any disadvantages to this product. The reason is because I honestly feel you can get the same effects as a much more expensive cleaner, but feel free to try it for yourself.

What Makes Wood Floors Shine?
The following are key characteristics to look for in ready-to-use products made specifically for wooden floors:
Solvents are simply substances that are used to dissolve other substances. They speed up the drying process by limiting moisture exposure and speeding up the job; they help reduce streaks and filmy accumulation. Squirt & Mop type wood floor cleaner contains two solvents, one of which is generated from cornstalks.
Surfactants: These are the important ingredients in Rejuvenates Hardwood Floor Cleaner; they loosen grease and filth and emulsify them so they can migrate to the mop head. Chelators: Fight water spots and snow-melt salts with this ingredient from Method’s cleanser.
Citric acid helps to establish a neutral pH by breaking up dirt and combining it with alkaline chemicals.
Oxidizers: These are found in extra-strength solutions like Bona’s PowerPlus and release hydrogen peroxide to extract dirt from long-neglected floors.

How can you keep your ancient hardwood floor looking good?
To avoid causing damage to your hard wood floor, various precautions must be followed. The first is to sweep your floor with a soft broom or microfiber mop daily.
At least once a month, mop the floor. When cleaning an antique hardwood floor, stay away from harsh chemicals like ammonia. We highly recommend that you don’t wet a hardwood floor to prevent it from getting damaged. Should you have a spill from liquids such as juice, coffee and ink, attempt to wipe it up quickly using a damp mop.
Conclusion
You should have no trouble maintaining a shiny and bright wood floor in your home now that you know how to clean old, damaged wood floors. Follow all these easy maintenance guidelines, such as sweeping regularly, cleaning spills right away, and never allowing your wood floor to become wet.

Remember, damp is the number one enemy of wood floors, so avoid leaving your floors wet, and clean up spills as soon as possible.
After reading this, I’m confident you have a better understanding of how to clean old, damaged wood floors. Please share your experiences with us. How did you clean your hardwood floor?
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