How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors?

Maintaining hard floors clean is definitely way easier than carpets. This, however, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take proper care of them on regular basis. If you don’t clean them properly they will lose the shine and appeal they once had – and I am certain that you want your floors to look brand new for as long as possible.

But how do you properly clean them? Let me tell you a little secret – you don’t need expensive commercial cleaners because they are packed with harsh chemicals. Instead, all you really need is water and dish soap. Let me show you how I clean my hard floors!

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors?

Prepare a vacuum cleaner, a mop, a spray bottle, water, and organic dish soap. I know that a lot of people use vinegar for cleaning, however, I have found that the acidity can do more harm than good.

Start off with vacuuming the floors so you can remove dust and other impurities. This will prepare the surface for the next step.

Then, grab a bucket, pour warm water into a spray bottle, and add a few drops of the organic dish soap. Shake well and grab your mop. We will not fill a bucket with water because the more moisture you apply to your floors, the higher the risk of damage. After all, wood does not mix well with water.

Spray a small section of the floors with the cleaner and start mopping. Focus on smaller areas at a time then move on to the next. This method may be more time-consuming than the regular bucket with water but it’s safer and will provide excellent results.

If there are any stained areas or dirty patches, focus on them by applying more of the cleaner than wiping. You will see how the stains will loosen up and will be easy to wipe with the mop.

Now that you know how to properly clean your hard floors, let me tell you how I keep them cleaner for longer – I don’t wear shoes inside! As soon as I come home, I take my shoes off and place them in my hallway. Then I either walk with socks or I put on my house slippers.

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