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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Are you scared of ruining beautiful wood floors? Learn how to clean hardwood floors the right way with these few easy steps!

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Learning how to clean hardwood floors doesn’t have to be intimidating! I remember when my floors were first installed….I was actually really nervous to clean them for the first time! So, I had bought all of the materials and remember looking over the bottles a million times making sure the items I had on hand were safe for my floors!

Before we get started, if you want to see our kitchen reveals with our favorite engineered hardwoods, we have linked our epic kitchen reveals!

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

  1. Start with a vaccuum.

    First, simply vacuum the wood floors and make sure all of the dust is wiped away. This can be part of a daily routine and the next few steps can be done every few weeks to keep things clean!

  2. Mop the floors.

    You can mop hardwood floors using only water for a quick clean up or refresh in your home.

  3. Apply floor cleaner.

    Every once in awhile I will mop with Bona floor cleaner and this is amazing for polishing floors! This will make them look brand new and gets rid of any scratches in the flooring.

My Daily Hardwood Floor Routine

Typically after each meal, I’m busting out this vacuum to get the crumbs off of my floor. I have been obsessed with vacuum for a few months now. It works PERFECTLY on my hardwoods. It actually sucks up the debris without spitting it back out and hitting your feet. Isn’t that the WORST?!

If anything gets stuck to the floor, I use a microfiber cloth or paper towel afterwards to gently remove it with water.

How often to clean hardwood floors?

You’ll know when it’s time to clean your floors because they will eventually look a little dull. Once or twice per month, I use the Bona floor cleaner and a microfiber mop to gently clean my floors. I use it the same way I would every other mop except this product works magic!

This cleaner is amazing and will revive your floors in no time! I also love it because it because it is a safer option for families due to the low VOC emissions.

TIP: For wood floors, make sure you are cleaning them with the grain, not against it.

How to polish hardwood floors

After months of wear and tear, your floors are going to need to be polished. I use the Bona floor polish because it is a low gloss formula. My floors have more of a matte look which I want to preserve. The polish is going to fill in the micro-scratches on your floor to get them looking great again!

Vacuum | Floor Polish | Microfiber Pad | Floor Cleaner | Mop

So, what are your favorite products for cleaning hardwood floors? Any tips I should know?

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