Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

In our new house, we probably have about 400 square feet of hardwood floors, and they are in our most frequently used rooms (hallways, family room, kitchen). What kind of cleaning regimen do you suggest for these? They do look sealed, but I know we don't want them to get too wet. I probably got them more wet than I should have today with a vinegar and water "bath," but I wanted to sterilize and do a deeper clean. My reading on the internet has suggested sweeping followed by damp mopping. We do have a vacuum, but it leaves marks on the wood when we roll it around. Maybe we need a vacuum that is less harsh on hardwoods? This damp mopping method really looks like a pain. Mops, buckets, wringing it out. UGH! People suggest that Shark Pocket Mop, but I'm not sure it's good for extended use on the wood.

As much as people think linoleum and laminate are tacky, they do seem a lot easier to take care of!


That Girl said...

My whole entire house is hardwood and honestly I dont like it. lol It was great at first but it is a pain to take care of. I have been using vinegar and water but recently bought Murphys Oil soap to see how that worked. I see mixed reviews on using that product though. ugh I have no answers.

Miss J's Mom said...

Thanks for trying! If you ever figure out the magic solution, please pass it on to me. :)

April said...

I'm a pine sol fan personally, but murphy oil soap is great too! You dilute them both the same way, about 1/4 cup in a gallon of warm water. I love our hardwoods in this house and loved the ones in our old house.