Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Laure Joliet
May 15, 2008

We've posted a lot about cleaning hardwood floors and have always been surprised how many different products and methods everyone uses. Below find some of our favorite tips as submitted by readers like you:

• I've since moved to a 1920's cottage with honey colored wood floors and am using the same cleaner and over time I actually think the floors are looking a bit better as a result. I use this product

• Johnson & Johnson Paste Wax in the yellow can. I've had hardwoods for years and my mother before me - this is the best.

• I use a blend of Murphy's and Orange Glow wood cleaner - the Murphy's keeps the orange glow from being too slippery, and the Orange Glow keeps the Murphy's from leaving a dull residue.

• I brew orange pekoe tea (the cheap stuff sold in bulk boxes) and use it on my floors after I have cleaned them, diluted in some warm water and applied via a regular sponge mop. Makes them lustrous (for their age) and the dog scratches are much less noticeable.

• Method OMop smells the best

Bona Swedish floor system is the finest hardwood cleaner anyone can hope for. Never use water or Murphy's soap.
Bona cleans & restores in 1 easy step. Comes with cleaner, micro pad & mop. And it's green.
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• I use 50/50 hot water and vinegar, sometimes I add a few drops of lemon oil for fragrance. The vinegar cuts through the soapy residue left by Murphay's and other cleaners. Cheap, effective and non-toxic.

[image from Atelier de Granges

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Help! Scratched up Hardwood Floors
For the Love of Wood: Hardwood Floor Cleaners
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