How To Clean Your Hardwood Floors Year Round: A Quick Guide for Parents, Pet Owners, and Humans in General

published Feb 28, 2017
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Hardwood floors are so easy to keep clean. That is, as long as your floors never come into contact with paw prints, soccer cleats, tracked-in mud, spills, or humans in general. If your hardwoods do come in contact with, you know, life, our friends at Bona® have made a gentle but powerful deep cleaner that’s designed for quick year-round cleaning whenever you can find a minute in between dog walks, picking cereal up off the floor, and/or just living your real life.

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Those of us with kids, pets, or just regular busy lives probably aren’t keeping to a diligent flooring maintenance schedule, and that’s cool. Get in a deep, thorough cleaning once a season, and then fill in with a light mopping or spot cleaning as needed. It makes for a pretty low-maintenance routine for keeping your floors in great shape. Here’s how to bring hardwood back to life again…and again, and again…all year long.


Say hello to slush, snow, and those little pools of water that form as your boots dry out. Mop with the wood grain to lift dirt, but remember that water’s not your friend when it comes to hardwood floors. Use a microfiber mop with a hardwood floor cleaner designed to deal with stuck-on, dried-out buildup. We recommend: Bona PowerPlus® Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner.

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Around March, your adorable kids and pets transform into little mud monsters, tracking in all the signs of the changing seasons. Place mats or rugs at entryways to minimize dirt and debris. Avoid rubber-backed mats, which can trap water underneath and damage hardwood floors, and make sure you’ve got plenty of hardwood cleaner on hand. We recommend: Bona PowerPlus® Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner Refill.

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Barbecues, pool parties, and sandy flip-flops all add wear and tear to your floors. Vacuum to remove sand and loose dirt. Then follow up by mopping, but avoid putting excess liquid on the floor. Don’t use cleaners that will dull finishes: no water, vinegar, soap, or wax. Lightly mist with a hardwood floor cleaner, and follow up with a microfiber mop. We recommend: Bona PowerPlus® Microfiber Deep Clean Pad.

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Entertaining season ramps up this time of year, with family and friends stopping by for potlucks, Thanksgiving, and holiday parties. When spills happen, use a hardwood floor cleaner rather than water or soap. You can also polish to get your home in shape for party season, using a protectant floor polish to even out microscopic scratches. We recommend: Bona® Hardwood Floor Polish.

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The Toolkit

For stuck-on dirt and water spots, these 3 tools together perform 70% better than other hardwood floor cleaners on the market. The Deep Cleaner loosens tough, heavy build-up. The oxygenated formula penetrates the surface, and the bubbling action lifts debris away.

To use Bona PowerPlus® Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner, spray it on your floors, then wipe with a mop and Bona PowerPlus® Microfiber Deep Clean Pad. It works for everyday spot-cleaning, but also has PowerLoop™ technology built in to break up heavy build-up. The Bona PowerPlus® Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner Refill keeps your spray-bottle filled 365 days a year.

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