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Reader Tip: How to Clean Hardwood Floors

updated May 10, 2019
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While reviewing several of the comments from yesterday’s review of the Starfiber Microfiber Mop, we noted that reader “amiencc” (who also happens to operate a cleaning service) left a very detailed and informative cleaning process that they claim is the best technique for keeping your wood floors looking beautiful…

We use a similar technique of removing larger debris with a soft dusting pad, then vacuuming, followed up by using the spray/wipe technique with Dr. Bronner’s or Method products on our floors. Though we admit we’ve used Murphy’s Oil Soap in the past without any noticeable damage at previous apartments (in fact, a landlord once commended us for keeping his rental floors noticeably clean during our 2 year stay and rewarded us with the full deposit and a handshake). As we noted in the past, there seems like a wide range of techniques and solutions for keeping wood floors clean, with a bit of controversy about using vinegar (we’re apt to agree with advice above, as vinegar is indeed an acid).